August 26, 2013

As Zimbabwe’s Church leaders called on the country’s political parties to accept the results of July 31 elections, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference said he hoped that the Church can help mediate a peaceful resolution.

“I hope the churches can play a key role in finding a peaceful resolution so that Zimbabwe can make the new start it so desperately needs,” Father Frederick Chiromba, secretary-general of the bishops’ conference, said in an Aug. 5 telephone interview.

President Robert Mugabe took 62 per cent of the presidential vote, while opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won 34 per cent, according to official results.

The 89-year-old president has been in power since 1980 and was running for a seventh term.

Tsvangirai rejected the results, charging that there was widespread vote-rigging.