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elections 2013 – An interim statement by the Southern Africa
Regional Ecumenical Observation Mission
of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA)
August 02, 2013
At the invitation
of the Zimbabwe
Council of Churches, an Ecumenical Observation Mission was deployed
to Zimbabwe to observe the country’s elections
held on 31st July 2013. This was preceded by a pre-election
Ecumenical Pastoral visit by the same team in early July 2013. The
mission comprised thirty (30) observers from Fellowship of Christian
Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA) supported by one thousand
one hundred (1100) local observers under the auspices of the Zimbabwe
Council of Churches (ZCC).
team was deployed across Zimbabwe’s ten provinces from the
29th of July and will be in the country until the 5th of August.
The mandate of the Observation Mission was to assess the conduct
and administration of the polls and help determine whether there
existed conducive conditions in Zimbabwe that are supportive to
an election process which would bring results that reflect the will
of the people of Zimbabwe. The Mission carried out a comprehensive
analysis of the electoral process, including the pre-election environment,
election administration, the role and conduct of various institutions,
the voting process, counting, tallying of votes and announcement
We, as the leadership
of the church in Southern Africa have observed that in general,
the political climate on the polling day was conducive, as it was
relatively calm, peaceful and tolerant which is commendable. An
election is by nature an intricate and complex process that often
raises various disputes and concerns. We urge those who may have
been aggrieved by any aspect of the conduct and administration of
the electoral process to raise their concerns following the appropriate
established processes for redress. The Mission hopes that peace
will prevail during the remaining stages of the electoral process.
We note and
applaud the commendable work done by The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
(ZEC), in terms of logistics, human resources, conduct and administration
of the elections, despite the obvious resource constraints and time
limitations. We urge them to expeditiously release the results to
avoid any anxiety on the part of all concerned.
has however, come and gone, now we are at a stage where results
are being counted and announced right across the constituencies.
Some will be successful, while others may not. The outcome of elections
is a critical moment that naturally precipitates tension and unease
among those affected either way. It is at this time that the church
in Zimbabwe and the wider African region wishes to appeal to all
stakeholders to exercise wisdom, maturity and care in whatever they
do or say to ensure that the long term peace and stability of the
country is protected. We are aware that peace can never be obtained
without justice. It is therefore always essential to ensure that
critical processes in the life of the nation, like an election,
are always undergirded by values such as justice, transparency,
consultation and fairness.
Mission would like to extend their gratitude to ZEC, the electoral
officials, other observer missions and the people of Zimbabwe who
gladly shared with the Mission their thoughts on the electoral process.
We commend the
Church for the critical pastoral role it has played in reducing
tensions before, during and following the polls. We applaud the
Church at the local, regional, continental and international level
for standing in solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe at this critical
moment in the political history of the nation.
As the church
of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we offer to journey
with all the people of Zimbabwe, winners and losers, at this critical
time in the history of Zimbabwe.
Romans: 8 v
30-39 “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called:
and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified,
them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who can be against us?” v 35 “Who
shall separate us from the love of Christ?
For and on Behalf
of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA):
Rev. Mmachakga Mpho Moruakgomo - Botswana (Head of delegation),
Dr Alfred Kalembo - Zambia, (Deputy Head of delegation), Rev. Lucas
Amosse and Jose Tembe - Mozambique, Rev. Pearson Banda - Zambia,
Rev. Chizason Chunda - Zambia, Bishop Mbuyazwe Mnisi - Swaziland,
Mr Godfrey Mkandawire - Malawi, Rev. Rupert Isaac Hambira - Botswana,
Bishop Gilford Immanuel Matonga - Malawi, Gosiame Goodenough Choabi
and Peter Moerane - South Africa, Ms Elma Dienda and Mr Alfret Beukes
- Namibia, Mrs Masara Idlette Mathaha , Mr Stephen Mokobori and
Archbishop Gerard Tlali - Lesotho, Gloria Mafole and Gabriel Urio
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