The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe has asked Christians around the world to focus their prayers this Sunday on the country. Making the call, Rev Bob Stumbles, Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Harare, described Zimbabwe as "a nation in dire distress".
The Methodist and United Reformed Churches have together voiced their concern about increasing levels of violence and political intimidation, linked to the delay in announcing the result of Zimbabwe’s presidential election.
In the face of growing political instability and desperate food shortages in Zimbabwe, The Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) is supporting an appeal through ACT International (Action by Churches Together) that will distribute emergency food supplies to vulnerable households.
Hopes that Zimbabwe’s neighbours would act to end the deepening crisis were dashed at the weekend when an all-night emergency summit of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) failed to acknowledge an emergency
International development agencies have warned that Zimbabwe is becoming increasingly tense as election results continue to hang in the balance. Agencies are also deeply concerned about the counting and tabulation of votes cast.
The general secretary of the World Council of Churches has told his UN counterpart that the ecumenical body and its members in Africa are planning for the monitoring of elections scheduled in Zimbabwe.
The new Anglican Bishop of Harare, the Rt Rev Sebastian Bakare, said this week that lawlessness and violence is threatening elections due on 29 March, and has called on Zimbabweans to pray for an end to the conflict and chaos.
The Zimbabwe Christian Alliance, a network of church and civic bodies, says it has no hope that inter-party peace talks brokered by South Africa's Thabo Mbeki will achieve results before Zimbabwean elections scheduled for 29 March.
Zimbabwe's Roman Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has called for the postponement of the national elections due on 29 March 2008. They say there are signs that the poll will not be free and fair under current conditions.