Church leaders push for reforms before elections

A coalition of the main religious leaders in the country has embarked on a regional drive to urge SADC leaders to persuade Robert Mugabe to implement comprehensive reforms before the next election.

The offensive comes as SW Radio Africa is reliably informed that leaders in the Global Political Agreement are mulling calling for elections in the last quarter of 2012.

The church leaders, under the auspices of the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations, have prepared a report detailing the stumbling blocks to free and fair elections, which they are presenting to justice ministers from the SADC bloc.

The clergymen urged SADC to send monitors to Zimbabwe six months ahead of any election, saying during the pre-election period the regional bloc would have to open satellite offices in provinces and districts.

The document is titled: ‘The role of the church in nation building in Zimbabwe.’ It identifies media, security and electoral reforms as a must, if the country is to hold a credible poll.

The clerics have already met Mozambican Justice Minister Maria Benvida Delfina Levi and there are plans to meet other ministers in the coming weeks.

Anglican church Reverend Lameck Mutete told SW Radio Africa on Wednesday that church leaders have taken it upon themselves to remind Mugabe of his constitutional duties.

‘It’s not a question of forcing or putting pressure on Mugabe to reform but it’s actually a reminder which is in line with what was agreed when the unity government was formed.

‘He has diverted from what he assented to during negotiations that gave birth to the GPA. The church leaders are simply reminding him of his constitutional duties,’ Reverend Mutete said. SW Radio Africa

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