Zimbabwe is part of the Anglican Church of Central Africa. Its Primate, Archbishop Albert Chama, the Bishop of Northern Zambia, has issued this pastoral statement on the situation in Zimbabwe.
As Primate of the Church of the Province of Central Africa and Chair of the Council of African Provinces in Africa, I write to express our concerns as a Church over the recent political situation in Zimbabwe. We have received messages and calls from the Primates of the Anglican Church worldwide and also from Lambeth Palace assuring us of their prayers.
We are aware of the call by SADC [the Southern African Development Community], the political and economic block in the region, on the need for calmness to prevail in Zimbabwe. However, this sad situation needs more than a political solution. It also needs all people of faith to pray and all citizens to engage in dialogue for the sake of peace and stability in Zimbabwe.
This is based on the call to follow Christ the Prince of Peace and the incarnate God who, in dwelling with and among us, affirms the dignity of each one of us and our environment. We pray that no life will be lost and no property will be destroyed during this time of uncertainty. We want to assure all the people of Zimbabwe of our prayers and fervent hope for an amicable solution to this situation.
God bless Zimbabwe and its people!
Yours in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Most Revd Albert Chama
Archbishop and Primate of the Church of
the Province of Central Africa & Chair for CAPA