“A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself – so that those who govern can govern. But what is the best that we can offer to those who govern? Prayer!” Pope Francis
As part of efforts by the regional Church to promote democratic parctices, IMBISA organised the 2018 Zimbabwe Harmonized Observer Mission in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conferences (ZCBC) – Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace Commission (CCJP). The harmonized elections were held on the 30th of July 2018.
A team of 41 observers from Mozambique, South Africa, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and a SECAM represenative (from Ethiopia) participated in this process. The mission was headed by Bishop Emeritus, Grachane Gremano from Mozambique.
IMBISA delegates were deployed in all the eight diocese in Zimbabwe namely, Bulawayo, Chinhoyi, Gokwe, Gweru, Harare, Hwange, Mutare and Masvingo.
Working with the local Church, IMBISA managed to have pre-election, election day and post-election press conferences. Interface meetings with Zimbabwe Electoral Commission were also done at national and diocesan levels.
It is the Church’s mission and responsibility to ensure that governments of member states abide to regional and international standards of democratic practices, hence the need to observe electoral processes. IMBISA will continue to observe and monitor electoral processes within its jurisdiction and will use information collected for further engagements at regional level.