The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: ACCZ Calls for Peaceful Poll

THE Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe has urged Zimbabweans to be peaceful during the forthcoming constitutional referendum and harmonised elections thereafter. The church has also called on Western countries to lift illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe to ensure a level playing field.

The church's president Archbishop Johannes Ndanga yesterday said his organisation would support the adoption of the constitution at the referendum to be held on March 16.

"We call upon all stakeholders in Zimbabwe's electoral processes including voters, political parties, churches, business, civil society, donor institutions and the media to contribute meaningfully towards the holding of undisputable elections in the country.

"Such a contribution will not only impact positively on Zimbabwe's need for better and appropriate governance, but will also strengthen the democratic scope and character of our nation's political, economic and social practices," he said.

Archbishop Ndanga however, bemoaned the continued existence of illegal sanctions on ZImbabwe.

"We would, however, like to express our disappointment with the continued application of economic sanctions on the people and political leadership of Zimbabwe by western countries led by America and Britain as this is not only illegal, but is also undermining the political playing field in th country."

He said Western countries made it clear that their actions were meant to stop President Mugabe and Zanu-PF's extended rule thereby unfairly tilting the international solidarity scale in the opposition's favour.

Archbishop Ndanga said the problems that Zimbabwe was facing needed to be urgently addressed by the international community so that people go for elections with a clear conscience that would result in an undisputed outcome.

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