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Association of Evangelicals in Africa’s Statement on elections in Zimbabwe

March 28, 2008

As the people of Zimbabwe prepare to vote in parliamentary and presidential elections, on Saturday - 29th March, the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) calls for a peaceful, free and fair election. AEA has noted with the sadness the political instability and economical meltdown in Zimbabwe in recent times and hopes that this election will afford the people of Zimbabwe an opportunity to vote for leaders who will assist them in ushering in an era of hope to deal with the many challenges facing the nation.

Commenting on the situation in Zimbabwe on the eve of this crucial election, Rev Ndaba Mazabane, the President of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, said: “For sometime now the situation in Zimbabwe has been depressing and distressing to say the least. This election is another test of democracy and credibility, not only for Zimbabweans, but for the rest of Africa. I hope and pray that the reports we are getting about the possible rigging and threats made against the opposition parties will be proven wrong and that the people will exercise their constitutional right to elected leaders they believe will help take Zimbabwe out of the current political and economic woes.”
 
AEA appeals to the international and continental bodies observing the elections to speak with one voice, without fear, favour or prejudice, in their declarations of the process once completed. And we call on the people of Zimbabwe to waste no time once the election has been declared free and fair to pull together in unity for the reconstruction of this great nation.
 

Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) established in 1966, is a continent-wide organisation representing 33 national Evangelical alliances, 34 mission agencies and 11 special members. Our vision is to mobilise and unite evangelicals in Africa for (w)holistic ministries that make a difference. We aim to mobilise and empower our members for a total transformation of our communities.