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How can a community in which the majority live on less than $1 per day vote on election day for political leaders who stand for real virtue rather than go into politics to get rich? What measures of accountability could they use? asked Lawrence Temfwe before the Zambian presidential elections last year.
The community of Mapalo in Zambia’s Copperbelt made each election candidate sign a Memorandum of Understanding to show their solidarity with the community:
“We the people of Mapalo Community are anguished with the poverty and pain we are suffering, we are frustrated with the lack of basic services and infrastructure in our community, and we are tired of struggling alone. We want to be part of the transformation of our community and our nation, to see it flourish socially, economically and spiritually. Therefore, we make a commitment to work towards the implementation of the stated needs in our community. To see this transformation become a reality it is essential we have the support and action of our elected representatives. We call upon our elected Member of Parliament and Councillor to make a commitment to both act upon and advocate for the implementation of the stated needs in our community…”
Let’s reflect on Deuteronomy 1: 9-18 where Moses appointed leaders to help him lead the people of Israel. Their credentials were clear: wise, respected, God fearing and impartial.
Let us pray:
Our prayer focus this week are the presidential elections in Zimbabwe, Saturday 29th March 08.
Here just a few snippets to illustrate the sorry state the country is in after 28 years of the Mugabe government:
* More than 100,000% inflation – this means a month’s salary for a teacher is barely enough to buy five loaves of bread;
* 90% unemployment;
* Severe shortages for food, clean drinking water, fuel and cash;
* Over 30% of Zimbabweans have left the country;
* Any public meeting with five or more people requires police permission;
* We thank God for the relative peace in the country. We pray that this beautiful country will prosper again and that its people be able to live in peace, security and general well-being.
* For the safety of the election candidates of the opposition: Simba Makoni and Morgan Tsvangirai and, amidst rumours of unfair elections, for a peaceful election day on Saturday 29th March.
* That a government will emerge that will seek to serve its people.
* We give thanks for Christian leaders who have boldly spoken up despite threats from the government. We pray for all church leaders who continue to speak up against injustice and seek to remain a voice of hope.
Meditate on the Statistics
As you spend time in prayer and reflection, you may like to take a moment to silently understand with your heart the focus statistic we include each week (see below). Our hope is that you will find this series of statistics a useful resource in preparing presentations.
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Target 1: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than one dollar a day
Target 2: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
Zimbabwe’s life expectancy is 42 years for women and 43 years for men.
Source: WHO, 2007 (latest statistical figures from 2005)
Yours in Christ,
Regine and MC team
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