Churches hit out at Zec

THE Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has hit out at Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) accusing them of fuelling confusion ahead of the July 30 harmonised elections instead of managing the polls in a transparent and credible manner.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

In a strongly-worded letter yesterday, ZCC said it was saddened that Zec was now a threat to peace and unity in the country owing to its perceived lack of independence.

“However, we are saddened to observe worrying threats to the peace and unity we all need for our nation to prosper.

The growing perception of Zec as lacking independence is creating despondency amongst voters. This growing narrative has in this age of social media closed space for electoral disputes to be resolved in a rational and fair manner by acceptable dispute resolution mechanisms. The stereotyping and demonisation of public officials in Zec undermines the dignity and authority of the offices they are entrusted. It is not in the nation’s best interest,” read part of the letter.

ZCC called upon Zec to regain public confidence by asserting its independence and addressing legitimate concerns raised by stakeholders, particularly the opposition.

“The church encourages Zec to regain public trust and confidence by asserting its independence and faithfully discharging its duties in accordance with the Constitution… Zec to improve its communication and engagement with the public and to raise awareness about efforts to address legitimate concerns within its capabilities and mandate,” the churches said.

Turning to the political parties, ZCC called on them to avoid fanning tribal hate speech or inflaming emotions as they seek redress from Zec.

In a statement aimed at MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, ZCC said political players should accept defeat if it comes their way.

“Grievances and concerns about Zec must be aired in a manner that does not provoke extreme reactions on all sides. The church is worried about the growing zero sum game where ‘only a win will do’. The church is deeply distressing that some parties and political candidates openly express doubts about their willingness to accept a negative result. The church again pleads with political actors not to use campaign platforms to turn citizens against each other,” ZCC said.

Zec chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba, told The Standard at the weekend that her commission would continue adhering to the law. “The commission would continue adhering to the and providing the electorate with the correct information through the voter education programmes and responses to issues raised,” she said.

15 Comments

  1. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohandishe

    Comment…Mapurisa vakavhota ava vari pavoter’s roll here?
    Kana vari, ndiyani ayiona nezveVOTER’S ROLL musi uyu, kuti uyu avhota, zita rokanzurwa paVOTER’S ROLL. Ummmmmmmmmmm! ZEC, kana pane zvinoda kugadziriskwaka, ngazvitwe. Asi kana pasi, ayika, musazvinetse zvenyu. Nekuti mawonero akasiyana. Nekuti munhu arikure achiwona gomo, anoti ndere BLUE. Wosvika pedyo, mune miti, uskwa zvegreen, uye matombo nemaware. Nekudaro, vamwe vanewonero nemaziviro avo. Imiwo ZEC muneenyuwo. Asi chinodiwa chete, IGUTSA RUZHINJI. Zivayi kuti, ANOGONA anosiyambiri, ANOKANYA anosiyambiri. MUKURUMBIRA wamuchasiyawo imi ZEC ndewupi? RUGARE!!!!! RUGARE!!!!! RUGARE!!!!!

  2. This ZCC is it not the same grouping which was ululating the other time at Rufaro Stadium whilst former Amai hurled insults at everyone including zanoids party members ,it will be difficult to side with them on the zec accusations as they tend to follow anything going at the moment, advise is stick to biblical work and you will command respect .

    1. You need to differentiate the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) from the Zion Christian Church also (ZCC). It was that later that you allude was ululating at Rufaro Stadium. However I think the article clearly refers to the Zimbabwe Council of Churches which groups all mainline churches such as Anglican, Methodist, Lutheran, RCZ etc bar the Catholics

      1. Wezhira Wezhara

        And you need to know that Zion Christian Church led by Nehemiah Mutendi was not at Rufaro. The Zimbabwe Council of Churches led by Johannes Ndanga was there.

  3. ZEC you really need self-introspect. Churches don’t comment for the sake of it. Please listen to the voice of reason.

  4. “in a statement aimed at MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, ZCC said political players should accept defeat if it comes their way”. Mr. Reporter be factual how did you concluded that this statement is aimed at chamisa. Anyone can lose this election unless you already know the results.

  5. Shame on you ZEC

  6. Kkkk Eliasha this is not ZBC melting pot go try conving other empty headed Zanoids suchs as youself of your lost cause

  7. Most people rush tocomment without reading what is written in the Electoral Act. Thats the bible of ZEC and ZEC should just stick to the Act and not appease either ZANU PF, MDC Alliance, MDC-T, NPF, NRC etc

  8. @kuwirirana wataura zvakanaka

  9. Kukangohwina ZANUpf povo tadyiwa. Chingoonaiwo kushupika kwatiri kuita. kuita nyika isingawanike mari mubank. Ndozvinodiwa neZANUPF kutambura uku. chembere kurarira 20 dollars pabank woishaya ZANU yorova maoko kurovera izvozvi. TOTOTI PAMBERI NENHAMO KUFADZA ZANU PF.

  10. Zec is answerable to the constitution of Zimbabwe and the judiciary not zcc. Zcc, zivai zvokuparidza Jesu makadzikama.

    1. The church is right. We will still be in Zimbabwe after elections whoever wins, so there is need to be level headed. ZEC should improve its communication skills. Chigumba should improve her public relations without resorting to her usuallaw mantra. This is not a court of law where you need a winner and a loser. This is a job which demands some level headedness. Her adherence to the Electoral Act is in dispute because its not her alone who has the monopoly of interpreting that Act

    2. The church is right. We will still be in Zimbabwe after elections whoever wins, so there is need to be level headed. ZEC should improve its communication skills. Chigumba should improve her public relations without resorting to her usuallaw mantra. This is not a court of law where you need a winner and a loser. This is a job which demands some level headedness. Her adherence to the Electoral Act is in dispute because its not her alone who has the monopoly of interpreting that Act. Give us a break madam

  11. The church should side with the oppressed as God normally sides with the oppressed and the disadvantaged. It is their prophetic duty to do so. And if ED still thinks “the voice of the people is the voice of God”, then he needs to listen to what people are saying about hunger, lack of shelter, lack of health delivery services, lack of money in the banks (when boxfuls of cash are found on the streets), the dilapidation of public roads (causing untold suffering and death to road users), lack of potable water, inadequacy of sanitation (sewers bursting and sewage flowing into people’s homes), the downgrading of our education system (ZIMSEC shenanigans etc) and the list goes on and on. If the people say all those listed are what they want, and yet all those define the real legacy of ZANU PF, then, “the voice of the people is the voice of God”. If the people think they have had enough of such lack and deprivation under the rulership of ZANU PF, then please, ED, listen to “the voice of the people” that shout “CHANGE!!!”, and ED is NO CHANGE AGENT of any NOTE. ED’s reluctance to whip ZEC into line regarding fairness and transparency work at cross purposes with “the voice of the people is the voice of God”. And the church cannot let ZEC do that, and it keeps mum. ZEC, much as it seems intent on appeasing ZANU PF, it effectively is decampaigning ED. Surely the church respects such mantra and hopes whoever propagates it means it. But ZEC becomes the enemy of the people by disrespecting “the voice of the people”, and the church is only chiding ZEC to order. ZEC’s arrogance and inclination towards impunity is disquieting even to the church. May ZEC be reminded, trust and respect are earned, and not demanded. Riding roughshod over the people’s wishes can only earn ZEC the mistrust and disrespect it is loudly courting, and the church finds that unbelievable. The church listens to both “the voice of the people” and “the voice of God”. It, the church, is in the right place urging ZEC to do the same.

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