We call upon all people to:
Exercise your right to vote freely according to your
conscience and to vote in peace.
Be assured that your vote is private and the choice you
make is known only to you.
Respect the right of others to vote according to their
Refuse to participate in intimidatory behavior.
Focus your behavior on the ethics of equality, truth and
Pray that the people’s desire for a peaceful electoral
process will be honored in our Country.
We call upon all political party
Leaders and all Candidates to:
Refrain from using force to gain votes for your party.
Desist from using unemployed youth in intimidatory and
Urge your party members to respect the right of others
to vote for whom they wish.
Present your party’s platform in a non – violent manner
and promote dialogue as an alternative to force.
We call upon law enforcement
Ensure that there is no one above the law in Zimbabwe.
Carry out your responsibilities without fear and without
Be quick to respond and intervene in situations of
violence and use legal and peaceful means of controlling violence.
Bring to justice through the system approved by the
Constitution those people who have broken the law, including those who
have done so in pursuit of party politics.
We call upon our youth and the
unemployed in our country to:
Recognize that you are the backbone of this country.
Use your strength to build the Zimbabwe you hope for.
Refuse to be used by others who want to bring chaos and
violence to the community.
Press upon other youth the need to refrain from behavior
that is intimidatory, violent, and disrespectful of people and their
We call upon agents of the news
Be accessible to all political parties contesting the
elections and report their views fairly.
Be responsible for the dissemination of truth during
this volatile time.
Be committed to professional journalistic ethics as they
are articulated and promoted world - wide.
We call upon all traditional
Refrain from being partisan.
Be instruments of peace and justice.
Continue to be custodians of our cultural virtues and
traditions, by fostering a spirit of tolerance, co – existence, etc.
As church leaders in Manicaland we are available to all
people regardless of political affiliation for counseling, prayer and
discussion on the future of our nation. We therefore invite you to pray
for peace especially during these coming elections and after.
To this end we as Churches in Manicaland have set aside
the 24th of March (Easter Monday) as a DAY OF PRAYER for these coming
elections. Therefore, Churches will be coming together within Mutare and
outlying Districts for this purpose from 10 AM.