CAT-Zim SACMA Launch Zimbabwe’s Own Version Of USHAHIDI

Staff Writer | The Zimbabwean | June 4, 2013

Southern Africa Crisis Management Agency (SACMA) and Christian Action Trust Zimbabwe (CAT-Zim) have come together to launch a grassroots anchored peace initiative ahead Zimbabwe’s watershed elections this year.

To lay the groundwork, the organisations are training church pastors and spiritual leaders in electoral processes and monitoring of political violence across the country. They will also be responsible for escalating the incidences with relevant authorities, making follow ups on incidents reported. A total of 200 church leaders comprising Pastors, Reverends, Apostles and Bishops have so far been trained to date. On completion the programme is expected to reach 5000 church leaders across Zimbabwe.

“We are part of a broader group of organisations affiliated to the Zimbabwe Council of churches who have embarked on various strategies to minimise violence and torture as part of our normal pastoral work in Zimbabwe. [...]."