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CHRA encouraged by calls for non-violence
Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)
March 22, 2007

Arch Bishop Pius Ncube today said as long as people in Zimbabwe, including Church ministers remain in their comfort zones and refuses to take action, Zimbabwe would forever be in a state of crisis.

At a press conference held at the Northside Community Church, Bishop Ncube said, "people should stand up and fill up the streets until President Mugabe" stepped down."

He said disgruntled but committed citizens, who loved their countries, had displaced other despots across the world.

He said the time had come for all pro-democratic forces, including the church leadership to rise up from their comfort zones and demand that the government uphold human rights. They should lead by advocating for non-violent means to confront the dictatorship of President Robert Mugabe.

The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has been on a campaign demanding that Sekesai Makwavarara and her fellow commissioners must quit and elections must be held in Harare. On Tuesday residents, led by CHRA besieged Town House denouncing the Harare Commission, insisting that elections be held now!

Key among the CHRA demands are that- elections be held now and all decisions of the illegal commission must be ignored and rendered useless.

A report received indicates that riot police beat up a student journalist with the Standard ahead of the CHRA demonstration at Town House on Tuesday. The police allegedly accused him of being part of the people gathered for the demonstration.

Meanwhile, CHRA offices are temporarily closed after threats by unidentified men, believed to be State security agents. Unconfirmed reports are that the Law and Order Section of the Police are looking for some CHRA leaders for questioning in connection with the peaceful demonstration in town. CHRA remains committed to the upholding of democratic values of accountability, transparency and good governance in local government, especially in the City of Harare.

CHRA calls upon residents of Harare to stand up against the regime for its continued abuse of its authority, power and State security forces. The calls by the Christian Alliance are encouraging and should be embraced by all peace-loving Zimbabweans.

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