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Central Committee Resolution on Zimbabwe
African Council of Churches (SACC)
July 14, 2005
First visit to Zimbabwe
by the Chair: 18-20 July 2005
Central Committee of the SACC has received the report of the Observer
Team that visited Zimbabwe 10-11 July 2005 with great pain and shock.
The purpose of the visit was to gain insight on and provide pastoral
support to communities affected by the recent "Operation
SACC is convinced that this operation, as it is inhumanly implemented,
causes widespread suffering to the most vulnerable people and further
erodes their livelihood.
Church of Christ cannot afford to be a silent observer when poverty
and homelessness is meticulously and inhumanly unleashed on the
people. The end never justifies the means. The much needed economic
development cannot be seen to justify the dumping of God’s people.
conclude therefore: In God’s name stop "Operation Murambatsvina".
failure to at act now with other Africans, in standing for the African
values of Ubuntu will have history judge us as accomplices to this
Triennial Conf resolution
the proposals and the full report of the SACC delegation that
visited Zimbabwe on 10-11 July 2005
establishes a Campaign to stop "Operation Murambatsvina"
stop "Operation Murambatsvina", to express solidarity
with its victims, and to end the ongoing suffering of the people
up the visits to the suffering people
Engaging the Leaders (Church, Political, Business, Community,
Civil Society, Labour) in Standing for the Truth.
Monitoring Teams to assist churches in Zimbabwe to keep track
of the impact of the humanitarian crisis.
for solidarity vigils
Up the Relief
regularly for the situation in Zimbabwe – also for the churches
in Zimbabwe to discern what God is calling them to do in the situation
the churches in Zimbabwe to accompany and support them on this
(through letters, visits, etc- also by member churches
better for Zimbabwe refugees.
Mandates the co-ordinating team, plus Mr. Vuyani Pule of FedSACS
and Ms. Beauty Mthembu of the Women’s Ecumenical Conference, to
act as a standing coordinating team for the campaign in conjunction
Bishop Ivan Abraham (Chair of Church Leaders Forum)
Secretary/Deputy General Secretary
Deputy President: Ms Thabisile Msezane
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