The Church in Zimbabwe Offers Her Mediation to Help Resolve the Electoral Crisis

August 13, 2018
The election's winner: Emmerson Mnangagwa

The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference has offered to serve as a mediator in the crisis caused by the proclamation of the results of the presidential and legislative elections on August 3, 2018.

The results proclaimed on August 3 announced outgoing president Emmerson Mnangagwa as the winner, with 2.4 million votes (50.8%) versus 2.1 million votes (44.3%) for his rival, Nelson Chamisa. In the legislative elections, the president’s party won 144 of the 210 Parliament seats.

The opposition refuses to recognize these results, claiming they were rigged. The unrest has reached the streets, where four people have been killed in face-offs with the police.

In this context, the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference has offered to mediate, exhorting the different parties to remain calm.

The President of the Justice and Peace Commission, Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro, suggested that the conflicting parties use this “safe place” offered by the Church to “build peace, by including everyone and confronting the urgent and more profound problems facing Zimbabwe.”