Statement on the Current Political Situation in Zambia, T-G Mpundu, PRESIDENT – ZAMBIA CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS (ZCCB)


IF YOU WANT PEACE, WORK FOR JUSTICE (Paul VI)

“Let Justice flow, … down like a river that never dries …” (Amos 5:24)

Statement on the Current Political Situation in Zambia

ZCCB LOGO copieTo all Catholic faithful and all people of good will in Zambia.

This is Easter Tide when we celebrate the great feast of Easter till the feast of Pentecost. My greeting to you is in the words of St. Paul: “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 1:3; 2 Cor 1:2; Gal 1:2-3; and Ephesians 1:2).

PREAMBLE

  1. As Shepherds of the Church, it is our honour, privilege and duty to teach and guide the faithful through instructing them in matters of faith and morals. It is also our duty to enlighten them concerning the issues confronting them in their daily lives in the light of our faith and the teaching of the Church as the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) so succinctly put and expressed it: The joys and hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.[1]
  2. The Prophet Jeremiah reminds us in Chapter 22 verse 16 that we cannot claim to know God if we fail to respond to and confront the injustices in our society because to know God means to do justiceand to do justice is to know God.” Therefore, knowing God cannot be separated from doing justice and from what we do or omit to do to our neighbour. Consequently, people who inflict pain and suffering to their fellow human beings cannot claim to know God, let alone be “Christian!
  3. The unfortunate incident that happened in Mongu during the Kuomboka ceremony has since been followed by the arrest and detention of Mr. Hakainde Hichilema followed by the slapping of a treason charge on him. We do not in any way condone illegality. We nevertheless deplore the massive, disproportionate and entirely unnecessary force with which the Police acted in apprehending him. Would it not have been much more civilised and professional to deliver a summons to him containing a charge and ordering him to appear before the police to answer charges of alleged law breaking? The brutal way in which the Police acted has only served to heighten the already considerable tension in the nation particularly between supporters of the UPND and PF. The peace that we wish for you and the nation at large in the words of St. Paul is not mere absence of war or strife. Peace means harmony, understanding, respect for and acceptance of others, respect for and even defence of divergence of opinion, wishing others well no matter who they are and what they do for a living. This peace comes from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ. This peace right now is in short supply in our nation. Why?
  4. The continuous tension between the UPND and PF has affected the lives of many other citizens in the country who are living in fear and are not going about their business of life freely. We as Shepherds of the Catholic Church in our country are deeply saddened by the incidents of unprofessional and brutal conduct of the Police Service, the damage to the innocent citizens’ property by suspected cadres, the arbitrary arrests of and horrific torture of suspects as well as the careless, inflammatory and divisive statements of our political leaders. All these are indications that our democratic culture is yet to be firmly planted, nurtured and promoted to enhance the respect for human dignity and rights. Our democratic credentials which have not been much to go by at best of times have all but vanished in this nation that loudly claims to be “God-fearing,” “peace-loving” and “Christian.”
  5. It is our considered view that as a nation, we have lamentably failed to robustly address a number of recurrent snags including those that stem from our previous elections. The current political predicament directly flows from deep-rooted problems we have failed to fix or resolve, notwithstanding four constitutional commissions of inquiry. As we have stated before, “The political environment in Zambia, today, is characterised by manipulation, patronage and intimidation of perceived government opponents. We urge the government to stop using state security institutions to intimidate its own nationals. The police service in particular must be professional and impartial in carrying out their duties of maintaining law and order. Too many of the nation’s resources and time are wasted on politicking at the expense of real development. This culture must change for the better.”[2]
  6. Ideally, the period immediately after such a divisive election as was held in August 2016, our political leaders should have embarked upon a programme of national reconciliation, building and fostering dialogue by keeping old channels in good repair and creating new ones more suited to the new situation. Unfortunately, the Judiciary, the arm of government responsible for adjudicating between individuals and between institutions and delivering justice did not do much, if anything, to engender a mutually acceptable solution.
  7. We are also convinced that the big part of the problem is that politics in Zambia are still reeling in the hangover from the pre-independence political struggle for independence which was reinforced in the One-Party-State. This hangover derives from the wrong perception that political competition is aimed at annihilating or totally silencing political opponents at all costs and by all means available! This is the root cause of intra and interparty intolerance and violence. However, a democratic dispensation that cherishes the parliamentary democracy we would like to build and consolidate demands respect for divergent views and for the rights of individuals and political parties to organise, associate and assemble without any undue restrictions and intimidation. We are again disappointed when we review the events that marked the run up to the August 2016 elections. The democratic principles we have come to know have been violated left, right and centre so that instead of going forward and consolidating our still fragile democracy, we are retrogressing and not so slowly! The political party in power is in the driving seat of the political game on the political field.

We therefore demand from the government of the day to put in place concrete measures to reverse this worrying and dangerous trend.

OUR HOPES AND CONCERNS FOR 2017

Political Situation

  1. We applaud and praise those Zambians on the political playing field who, in spite of all sorts of provocation, are committed to peaceful means of doing politics and refrain from any violence, verbal or physical. These are the people who give us and the nation hope of holding on to a functional democracy in a multiparty scenario where there is more than ample room for citizens’ participation through organised groups although there is tremendous pressure to the contrary. Such people are martyrs of true democracy and must be emulated.
  2. We decry the bad habit which political parties in power assume immediately they make a government of using the Police Service to settle political scores and prevent their political rivals from organising, campaigning and therefore selling their vision of the country and nation to the electorate. It is the same story from one administration to the other and the present government is no exception, if not one of the best examples of the misdeed just mentioned! As a result of brutalising the people through the Police Service, the general public is reduced to fear so that the order of the day is corruption and misuse of public funds. Anyone who criticises the government for wrong doing is sure to have the police unleashed on him or her.
  3. We have always been concerned about the selective application of the Public Order Act by the Police. It is quite disgraceful that a quarter of a century after the return to plural politics and more than half a century of political independence from Great Britain, our governments which we put into power through our votes use the Public Order Act to oppress political opponents and prevent them from organising and assembling together political rallies and to openly express themselves instead of protecting the rights and liberties of the very people who put them into power. Paradoxically, each political party in opposition goes through the biased use of this notorious Act but once in power, they find it so useful that they do nothing to modify or repeal it. Disgraceful indeed! We hope and pray that this law will be revised and if not, then the Police Service must be required to apply it professionally and without targeting opposition political parties only.

The Judiciary

  1. It is an open secret that the Judiciary have let the country down by failing to stand up to political manipulation and corruption. How can one explain the failure of the Constitutional Court to hear and exhaustively conclude a presidential petition? We reiterate what we said before: “For some time now, there has been a persistent discourse on the state of the judiciary in Zambia with respect to its independence and impartiality. This situation has undermined public confidence in this institution. There is need to restore confidence in this important arm of Government. There are also many unresolved questions of public interest that have been left hanging and unanswered by the Executive.”[3] Where is the Judiciary to call the Executive to attention?
  2. We also strongly denounce attacks on the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) and the government’s plans to undermine it. We believe that given optimum conditions, LAZ could play its rightful role as one of the most effective checks and balances in a true democratic dispensation. The plans to kill LAZ are discreditable and we hope and pray they will fail. Together with the Judiciary, LAZ is the last defence of citizens particularly in respect of excesses by the Executive.

A Police Service or Police Force?

  1. What a pity that all the efforts and financial resources our government and the donor community spent to reform the Police from a British South Africa Company and British Colonial Administration Police Force to a modern one of being a Police Service have paid little, if any dividends at all. It is sad to see the police being used and acting like political party cadres. Police officers are supposed to and must be exemplary in following the rule of law since they are in-charge of keeping law and order. We strongly appeal to the Police Service Personnel to be professional in their conduct, impartial and scrupulously fair in the manner that ensures and is seen to ensure that citizens’ rights are respected, protected and not violated. We call upon the government to depoliticise the Police Service forthwith and leave them to do a professional job they have been trained for. Almost immediately after independence, the politicians took over the Police Service as they told them whom to arrest and prosecute and who not to touch!

Culture of Silence

  1. There is fear and trembling among the people shown in the way they are afraid to speak out against injustices. This is due to several actions by government which were meant to instil fear into and intimidate the masses. One does not need to belong to a political party in order for him or her to speak out on the misdeeds happening in the nation. Furthermore, we are witnesses to what transpired during the run-up to the August 2016 general elections when several media houses were harassed and finally closed. The recent happenings were not reported by several media houses because of the heavy presence of the Police. Our country is now all, except in designation, a dictatorship and if it is not yet, then we are not far from it. Our political leaders in the ruling party often issue intimidating statements that frighten people and make us fear for the immediate and future. This must be stopped and reversed henceforth.

Call for Genuine Dialogue and Reconciliation

  1. As hinted earlier on, the process of national healing and reconciliation after last year’s election should have been priority number one for the government as the institution in the driving seat. Unfortunately, the Executive missed this chance. It has been opined that the Church Mother Bodies should have continued their arbitration role as evinced by the Holy Cross Cathedral Meeting before Easter last Year. That initiative was taken on the appeal to ZEC (ZCCB) of the President on 12th March 2016 on the occasion of the ordination of Bishop Justin Mulenga of Mpika Diocese. The Church Mother Bodies did their best but immediately after the meeting, the resolutions which had been taken and agreed to by the participating political party leaders were broken particularly by the ruling party. The Church Mother Bodies were not allowed to succeed! We believe strongly that now that the political party in power because it is now in a strong position and has nothing to fear by way of electoral defeat must be in the driving seat. The Church Mother Bodies, if called upon, are ready to come along.
  2. The politicians especially those in the ruling party must realise that the nation they are governing is deeply divided between those who voted for UPND and those who voted for PF in the last elections. Let the politicians of both parties take it from us since we always have our ears close to the ground that our country now stands on the edge. It is no use playing an ostrich game by burying our heads in the sand thinking that the storm will pass away. It will not, at least not before it has done great harm to this nation. The use of force and intimidation are not the solution whatsoever. Only genuine and sincere dialogue aimed at national reconciliation is the long-term solution. This reconciliation must be firmly rooted in the Christian values of Truth, Forgiveness, Peace, Unity, Social Justice and Freedom. Let us learn to burry our immediate past and rise again to new life.
  3. To the Church and other Religious Leaders, we appeal to them to be instruments of peace, reconciliation and unity. They must urge the entire membership of their flocks to be collectively and individually channels of peace and reconciliation thereby living to our Lord’s call to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Shepherds and the faithful together must be committed to preaching messages of peace, reconciliation and love in word and in deed. Our nation is much larger and transcends our present and future individual or collective political fortunes.

Issued and signed on 23rd April 2017 (Divine Mercy Sunday)

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T-G Mpundu

Archbishop of Lusaka

PRESIDENT – ZAMBIA CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS (ZCCB)

[1] Vatican II Documents, Gaudium et Spes – Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, #1.

[2] Cf. Pastoral Statement of the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), Issued on Thursday, 23rd January 2015, #5.1

[3] Cf. Act Justly and Walk Humbly with your God, A Pastoral Statement of the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), Issued on 27th January 2013, #8.  

IF YOU WANT PEACE, WORK FOR JUSTICE – pastoral letter Mpundu April 2017

Justice and Peace Statement on Stay Away (7th April 2017)


Catholic Arch of Johannesburg logoThere seems to be a stigma of challenging and critiquing an elderly person or any hierarchical authority in the African context. This could be due to a cultural background within which the respect of an elderly person or hierarchical authority is instilled in one’s mind at a very young age of one’s upbringing.

The area of concern with such a stigma is, serious erroneous decisions may certainly be made by an elderly person in the society or by any hierarchical authority, should that happens, how could the society convey a message of concern to any hierarchical authority so that any erroneous decision which cripple the society/country could be reconsidered or rather reversed.

In the political arena, mass protest is one of the means which the society uses to express its grievances to the government. The mass protest in itself as a means of the society voicing its concerns to the government with the expectation of being heard is not a bad gesture. Unfortunately, such a gesture often comes with a pack of a double aged disastrous outcome.

On one hand, the disastrous action may come from the protesting group who may end up showing its anger by burning hospitals, schools and university computer labs.  Such a gesture is certainly to be condemned through and through for it brings no human transformation to the society but rather cripples the society from bad to worse. Furthermore, we urge the leaders to refrain from using violent language which insinuate public violence.

On the second hand even if the mass protest is done peacefully, unnecessary shootings which claim the lives of people may follow as the outcome. Such a gesture is also to be equally condemned.

The country is now faced with a very crucial moment whereby Friday the 7th of April South Africa is encouraged to shut down as a means of communicating a serious message to the government. The Catholic Church in Johannesburg (Justice and Peace) urges a peaceful demonstration or stay away whereby people express their concerns to the government without causing any calamitous way which destroys the country’s environment, people’s lives and property.

The Catholic Justice and Peace Department of Johannesburg urges the South African government that it hears the massive cry and concerns of the people; discern these concerns and ultimately come up with decisions which transform the country.

Issued by Episcopal Vicar of Justice and Peace Department of Archdiocese of Johannesburg

Fr. Innocent Mabheka scj

http://www.catholicjhb.org.za/departments/justice-and-peace/

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COMISSÃO DIOCESANA DA JUSTIÇA E PAZ 31 29/06/2016

Destaques

  1. O projecto de vigilância nacional que Guebuza ofereceu ao filho

1.1. As câmaras de Mussumbuluku

Estão a ser montadas 450 câmaras de vigilância nas cidades de Maputo e Matola, no âmbito do projecto do comando nacional de intercepção e de informação que inclui as escutas telefónicas. O comando central de vigilância esta situado na Casa Militar.

  1. FMI quer auditoria internacional às contas da EMATUM, ProInducus e MAM.

Segundo a avaliação técnica feita pelo Fundo Monetário Internacional, a dívida pública tem agora alta probabilidade de ter atingido um nível de risco elevado de sobre endividamento.

  1. Renamo acusa Governo de intensificar bombardeamentos à Serra da Gorongosa

Em sessão de Comissão Mista de preparação de diálogo realizada em 20 de Junho de 2016, a Renamo queixou-se de intensificação dos bombardeamentos militares tendo como alvo Afonso Dhlakama.  

  1. Em menos de sete meses

Oito ladrões foram mortos pela população na Beira

  1. Escândalo da dívida pública
    • Beatriz Buchili diz que ainda não arguido devido à presunção de inocência.

Os processos em instrução preparatória não têm até ao momento, arguido, e chama à acolação aos princípios de presunção de inocência e de segredo de justiça.

  1. CFM necessitam de 400 milhões de dólares para reabilitação da linha férea Beira-Machipanda.
  2. No Distrito de Barué, província de Manica

Desconhecidos queimam sede distrital da Renamo

Primeiro secretário da Frelimo do posto Administrativo de Nhamapassa assassinado por homens que se supõem ser da Renamo.

  1. Director do Banco Mundial revela essencial o envolvimento dos cidadãos no processo de tomada de decisões.
  2. Governo pretende que PIC permaneca no Ministério do Interior
  3. Navio comercial afunda no Porto da Beira (tratado noutros jornais)

ZAMBEZE, 30/06/2016

Destaques

  1. Divida deixa o pais em maus lencoes (tratado noutros jornais)
  2. Apesar do número ter aumento para doze
    • Comissão Mista continua estagnada

A Comissão composta pela Renamo e Governo para preparar dialogo, num beco sem saída.

  1. Barrulho da PIC engasga Buclhili no Parlamento (tratado noutros jornais)
  2. Mocambique pressionado a investigar a violação dos Direitos Humanos

A Amnistia Internacional (AI) considera que Moçambique devera investigar de imediato todas as alegações de violação dos Direitos Humanos por agentes do Estado. Tais investigações, diz a AI, deverão ser completas e imparciais.

  1. Graça Machel ausculta adolescentes sobre situação da criança
  2. Por ocasião da Função Pública

Governadora da província de Sofala aperta o cerco a funcionários desonestos. Maria Helena Taipo, aproveitou o dia da Função Pública assinalado semana finda para lançar um aviso à navegação a todos os funcionários desonestos para abdicarem de práticas corruptas.

  1. Parlamento Juvenil quer saídas para problemas que o país enfrenta
  2. Cartão Vermelho contra as piores formas de trabalho infantil

Diz a Ministra do Trabalho e Segurança Social, Vitória Diogo, reconhecendo que em Moçambique existem manifestações de abusos de criança, situação que requer atenção de todos.

DIÁRIO DE MOÇAMBIQUE, 29/06/2016

Destaques

  1. Três figuras reforçam equipa governamental para o diálogo (tratado noutros jornais)
  2. Educação capacita formadores em matéria de nutrição
  3. Ao longo da EN1, Distrito de Machanga, Sofala

Homens armados da Renamo atacam passageiros em Mpinga

DIÁRIO DE MOÇAMBIQUE, 01/07/2016

Destaques

  1. Em Sofala

Aprendidos mais de 6 mil metros cúbicos de madeira

  1. Em instituições do Estado

Governo revela mecanismos para detectar desvios de fundos

NOSSA REFLEXÃO

Qual é o real Estado da Nação? Esta será pelo menos até aos próximos tempos uma questão imparável. A resposta a esta pergunta é única “péssimo”, ou “Pior de todos os tempos”.

Numa altura em que há uma luz no fundo do túnel com vista a busca de paz efectiva, embora sabemos que não será Perpétua como pensava um dos maiores filósofos alemão Emmanuel Kant. A tenção político-militar vai degenerando diariamente; a Dívida Pública começa a causar sérios problemas aos moçambicanos; o crime organizado continua a propalar-se a níveis assustadores e por conseguinte, o custo de vida a subir de forma avassalador.

As últimas informações indicam que a nossa dívida pública atingiu os níveis mais alarmantes de todos os tempos a nível de toda África. Moçambique está em risco de cair na caixa de lixo de maior devedor da História. E agora? Prendam os responsáveis. A impunidade de Guebuza e os seus dois filhos, a luta pela permanência da PIC sob a tutela do Ministério do Interior em vez da Procuradoria-Geral da República gelou a Procuradora-Geral da República no seu informe anual aos moçambicanos a ponto de não ter trazido dados substanciais para por cobro as situações da sua responsabilidade.

Por favor: Devolvam-nos o sossego, a concórdia, harmonia, a tranquilidade, a liberdade e a Paz que são os únicos garantes da dignidade de um Povo por um lado e por outro são estas, as sementes que possibilitam a construção de uma sociedade moderna democrática de direito e de justiça social.

Só nos resta PEDIR A DEUS PAI-TODO-PODEROSO QUE NÃO ABENDONE O SEU POVO. PAI, TENDE MISERICÓRDIA DE NÓS, TE IMPLORAMOS SENHOR.

A luta continua…. “Enquanto não encontrarem-se a misericórdia e a fidelidade, enquanto não abraçarem-se a paz e a justiça”, não calaremos….

O Secretário: João Dambiro – O Coordenador: Fidel Salazar   

29 – 30 ENCONTRO QUINZENAL DE REFLEXÃO


COMISSÃO DIOCESANA DA JUSTIÇA E PAZCANAL DE MOCAMBIQUE, 22/06/2016

Destaques

  1. A empresa holandesa dona da EMATUM

Para além da Mozambique EMATUM Finance BV, com sede na Holanda, foi criada uma outra empresa em Agosto de 2013, denominada Stichting Mozambique EMATUM Finance.

A Stichting Mozambique EMATUM é dona das acções da EMATUM na Holanda e partilha os mesmos escritórios com a Mozambique EMATUM Finance BV, em Amsterdão. A empresa tinha em 2014 como saldo bancário, 27, 8 mil euros no Banco alemão Deutsche Bank.

  1. Devido a mau comportamento
    • Filho de Nyusi corrido na ATCM

Depois de ter sido notícia devido aos luxuosos carros que ostenta desde que o seu pai se tornou Presidente da República, o filho de Filipe Nyusi volta a ser notícia. Ele está proibido de frequentar o recinto do Automóvel e Touring Clube de Moçambique (ATCM).

  1. Em menos de dois meses
    • Terceiro incêndio em sedes da Renamo na cidade de Chimoio

Esta é a segunda vez que é incendiada a sede provincial da Renamo em Manica. Anteriormente, já havia sido incendiada a sede da Delegação da Renamo na cidade de Chimoio.

  1. Centenas de pessoas saíram à rua contra a guerra e as dividas escondidas

Queremos que o ex-Presidente e o seu Governo respondam por estas dívidas”- Alice Mabota, Presidente da Liga dos Direitos Humanos.

Exigir o desarmamento da Renamo é uma falacia. O Governo deve também deixar as armas.

  1. Negociacoes entre Governo e Renamo deverão incluir mediadores e observadores

A Comissão mista encarregada de prepara o encontro entre Nyusi e Dhlakama anunciou que as negociações vão incluir mediadores e observadores da União Europeia, África do Sul e da Igreja Católica Romana.

  1. Na Escola de Formação Prática da Policia de Matalane

Formandos queixam-se de serem retidos arbitrariamente.

  1. A conversa telefónica de dois dias entre Afonso Dhlakama e Filipe Nyusi

O Presidente da Renamo Afonso Dhlakama, anunciou que durante dois dias de conversa com Filipe Nyusi, alcançou consensos sobre o processo de negociações para a busca de paz.

ZAMBEZE, 23/06/2016

Destaques

  1. Diálogo por um lado. Ataque militar à Gorongosa por outro
    • Governo faz jogo duplo a Dhlakama

A Renamo lamenta que ao mesmo tempo que se esta a criar condições para o retorno ao diálogo, tendente a devolver a paz no pais, o Governo esteja a levar a cabo uma ofensiva militar de grande envergadura desde o dia 18 deste mês na Serra da Gorongosa onde se presume que esteja refugiado o líder da Renamo.

  1. Ecos dos utentes da EN7
    • Passageiros e transportadores queixam-se de demora e extorsão nas colunas da EN7

Vários passageiros e transportadores que circulam através de escoltas militares na EN7, principalmente no troco Vanduzi e rio Luenha, nas províncias de Manica e Tete, queixam-se da demora e das constantes acções de extorsão aos transportadores, protagonizados por alguns elementos das FDS que garantem a segurança.

  1. Camiões malawianos alvejados em Macossa

Dois camiões tanques do Malawi foram alvejados, na manha da última segunda-feira por supostos homens armados da Renamo.

  1. Moçambique e Malawi chegam ao consenso sobre segurança na EN7

Autoridades Malawianas chegaram a acordo com Moçambique para a garantia da segurança na Estrada Nacional número sete, no centro do país.

  1. Repúdio à Guerra e dívidas ocultas (TAMBÉM TRATADO NOUTROS JORNAIS)

O povo não pode ser manipulado por coisas que não sabe.

  1. Tensão política-militar

PRM confirma ataque em Nhapassa e Machanga

  1. Província de Tete

Agentes da PRM envolvidos num sequestro na província de Tete.

  1. Governo de Sofala receia encerramento de fábricas

O Governo da província de Sofala esta preocupado com a intensificação dos ataques protagonizados pelos homens armados da Renamo e alerta que a situação pode levar a falência de algumas empresas que se encontram paralisadas desde o reinício da actual situação de tensão política no país.

  1. Em teleconferência fala de entendimento com PR
    • Dhlakama entende-se com Nyusi, mas não cessa ataques por falta de confiança.

O líder da Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama, falando em teleconferência à imprensa explicou que parar com os ataques militares no centro do país, passa pela garantia dos dois lados, mas principalmente do lado do Governo que é quem movimenta contingentes militares de Maputo para procurá-lo nas matas de Gorongosa.

SAVANA, 17/06/2016

Destaques

  1. Sobre a divida publica de mocambique
    • Doadores não recuam e exigem esclarecimentos da dívida para libertar dinheiro
      • Queremos responsabilização dos autores

Presidente cessante do Grupo de Parceiros de Apoio Programático e embaixador de Portugal diz que dívidas escondidas é um assunto muito sério que merece a devida correcção. E quanto a tensão política, aquele diplomata diz que falta esforço para conquistar a confiança.

  1. PR reforma FDS debaixo de tensão político-militar
    • Nyusi apregoa diálogo com arma em punho

Numa altura em que a Comissão Mista composta pelos mandatários do governo e da Renamo ainda busca mecanismos para o encontro ao mais alto nível das respectivas lideranças, o Presidente da República e Comandante em Chefe das Forcas de Defesa e Segurança, Filipe Nyusi, orientou as Forcas de Defesa e Segurança para se manterem em prontidão combativa de modo a garantirem o controlo eficiente e eficaz de cada metro quadrado do território nacional, de cada milha do mar e ar.

  1. De protesto contra a situação político-militar e económica do país
    • Promotores da marcha queixam-se de ameaças

Alice Mabota e João Pereira falam de mensagens com tom intimidatório

  1. Liberdade de expressão sob ameaça?
    • PIC causa pânico no ZAMBEZE

A semana que finda, começou nebulosa no Jornal Zambeze. Em pleno dia de fecho, terça-feira, a Policia de Investigação Criminal (PIC), a nível da cidade de Maputo, notificou e com efeitos imediatos o Director e Chefe da redacção deste semanário, João Chamusse e Egídio Plácido, respectivamente, a prestar declarações, acerca de dois artigos publicados na sua penúltima edição (datado de 9 de Junho).

  1. Académico desmonta tese de Maleiane de que a dívida pública não afecta o bolso do cidadão

Tido como o maior disparate de sempre vindo da boca de um economista, Adriano Maleiane, o Ministro da Economia e Finanças, afirmou em voz alta, em Maio ultimo, que o bolso do cidadão não será afectado por causa da divida publica moçambicana. É uma teoria que, em meandros habilitados, incluindo antigos colegas de carteira do ministro não encontra acolhimento algum e, de tanta polémica, o Savana foi bater a porta de um dos mais activos economistas moçambicanos, mesmo em termos de produção científica, João Mosca. Mosca diz que “isso não é verdade”, para que diz que o Governo pensa que ninguém sabe mais do assunto, que as pessoas não sabem pensar, ou que quer aldrabar, mentir e considerar os cidadãos como pessoas de menor idade, o que é muito mau para a credibilidade de um Estado.

  1. Biodiversidade em risco no Parque Nacional das Quirimbas
    • Chineses devastam espécies marinhas protegidas

Depois de ter tomado conta das florestas nacionais e devastado todas as espécies valiosas de madeira existente em Moçambique, os chineses, com o beneplácito de algumas figuras ligadas ao poder em Moçambique, viraram as suas atenções para a biodiversidades marinha e estão a por em causa varias espécies em protecção.

NOSSA REFLEXÃO

Qual é o real Estado da Nação? A resposta a esta pergunta é única “péssimo”, ou “Pior de todos os tempos”.

Numa altura em que há uma luz no fundo do túnel com vista a busca de paz efectiva, embora sabemos que não será Perpétua como pensava um dos maiores filósofos alemão Emmanuel Kant. A tenção político-militar continua na ordem do dia, as Dívidas ocultas começam a causar tensão arterial aos moçambicanos e quanto aos recursos minerais, já não há muita prosperidade em virtude de o preço no mercado internacional ter baixado de forma exorbitante, o crime organizado continua a propalar-se a níveis assustadores e por conseguinte, o custo de vida a subir de forma avassalador.

As últimas informações indicam que a nossa dívida pública atingiu os níveis mais alarmantes de todos os tempos a nível de toda África. Moçambique está em risco de cair na caixa de lixo de maior devedor da História. E agora? Prendam os responsáveis. A impunidade de Guebuza e os seus dois filhos gelou a Procuradora-Geral da República no seu informe anual aos moçambicanos a ponto de não ter trazido dados substanciais para por cobro as situações da sua responsabilidade.

Por favor: Devolvam-nos o sossego, a concórdia, harmonia, a tranquilidade, a liberdade e a Paz que são os únicos garantes da dignidade de um Povo por um lado e por outro são estas, as sementes que possibilitam a construção de uma sociedade moderna democrática de direito e de justiça social.

Só nos resta PEDIR A DEUS PAI-TODO-PODEROSO QUE NÃO ABENDONE O SEU POVO. PAI, TENDE MISERICÓRDIA DE NÓS, TE IMPLORAMOS SENHOR.

A luta continua…. “Enquanto não encontrarem-se a misericórdia e a fidelidade, enquanto não abraçarem-se a paz e a justiça”, não calaremos….

O Secretário: João Dambiro, O Coordenador: Pe. Fidel Salazar   

SAP JPIC-ED Coordinators Meeting, Beira 2016


The annual meeting of the JPIC-ED coordinators of SAP, was held at Nazare Centre in Beira, Mozambique from the 22nd to 23rd June 2016. Due to some travelling complications that one or the other encountered on the way, we had to start the meeting a day later. There were the 4 of us: Christophe Boyer (South Africa), Philip Meraba (Malawi), Romaric Bationo (Zambia) and Fidel Salazar (Mozambique).

JPIC-ED Beira 016bBecause of the many reshuffles that happened in the province last year, this meeting could not take place as per planning. So it was imperative that we come together, get to know each other and do some planning this year. The objective of the meeting was threefold:  1) to make known to each other what is happening in our respective sectors, 2) to review the resolutions that were made in previous meetings and 3) as a result, to design some follow-up and planning.  

From our sharing, it was evident that in our province we are involved in various JPIC-ED undertakings although our commitment in ED seems weak. Despite this variety of involvement there is little sharing and discussion about them. We seem not to know how to tell our stories. It was also noticed that in every sector the JPIC-ED team is trying to establish itself and get to animate the sector.

Considering the present various endeavours and situations, and the plans that were decided by the previous meetings, we resolved to prioritise or revive our commitment to fight the new forms of slavery, our care for creation in line with “Laudato si”, our effort to promote reconciliation and empower the impoverished. We should do all this in the spirit of Encounter and Dialogue. In addition, we believe that the increasing presence of Islam in Southern Africa that is causing apprehension, fear with prejudices among some Christians, calls us to take a lead in the encounter and dialogue with Muslims. The provincial Coordinator and the sectors JPIC-ED teams will make every effort to animate and stimulate our M.Afr communities in these areas.

After the meeting, we had a guided tour of Nazare Centre and the city of Beira. Everything considered, it was a good meeting; not only did it give a kick-start to our SAP JPIC-ED team that had stalled for some time, but it helped us to pick things up where our predecessors left them, and draw a roadmap that will guide us . It is our hope that with the collaboration of every confrere and community we will be able to implement the resolutions taken.

Many thanks to the staff of Nazare Centre for hosting us and making our stay enjoyable.

Romaric Bationo, M.Afr, SAP JPIC-ED Coordinator

Oasis Forum calls for an end to political violence in Zambia.


Oasis Forum LogoThe Oasis Forum says it is extremely disturbed, appalled and greatly saddened by the increasing incidents of politically motivated violence in the run-up to the August 11 General

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Oasis Forum Chairman Fr Cleophas Lungu

Elections. The Forum says this is despite the commitments political parties pronounced at the Indaba on political violence held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on 29th March 2016.

It said it is disheartening that the resolutions of that Indaba have been thrown to the wind and our political leaders are once more letting the country down.

The Oasis Forum includes the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), the Non-Governmental Coordinating Council (NGOCC) and the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC).

Forum Chairman Fr Cleophas Lungu said the wise counsel of the Church and other stakeholders in the governance of the country has not been heeded by the authorities responsible for maintaining law and order. Fr Lungu observed that political violence has been on the rise at a very alarming rate.

“The Oasis Forum observes that the incidences of political violence are symptomatic of a serious breakdown of law and order in the country and are a threat not only to the holding of free, fair and credible elections, as expected in August 2016, but also to our very existence as a sovereign state which has enjoyed relative peace on the African Continent for over fifty years. Something drastic needs to be done sooner than later,” Fr Lungu said.

He said the Oasis Forum also wishes to register its deep concern over the conduct of the Zambia Police Service who continue to fail to discharge their statutory functions and to act impartially in maintaining law and order.

“In the past, the Oasis Forum made repeated calls to the Zambia Police and other state law enforcement agencies to act decisively and bring all perpetrators of violence to justice as a way of preserving peace in the country. However, we are deeply shocked by the apparent impotence of the police when the unruly cadres from the ruling party take the law into their hands and commit abominable acts in their face.”

He added. “And yet, the same police will apply excessive force when confronting members of the opposition. On the other hand, the behaviour of some cadres from the opposition leaves much to be desired. Indeed, no legal excuse can be given for citizens taking the law into their own hands, even on account of failure by the police to objectively and professionally administer the Public Order Act (POA).”

Fr Lungu has since appealed for calm and maximum restraint from especially the members of the Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND).

“It is incumbent on all of us not to do or say anything that might worsen an already volatile situation. The Oasis Forum also calls on the youth to desist from being used by political actors to intimidate other political players who have the same right to belong to a party of their choice and hold divergent political opinions.”

http://zeccatholic.blogspot.com/2016/06/oasis-forum-calls-for-end-to-political.html

JPIC Commission, USG-UISG, Rome, Italy


JPIC Commission, USG-UISG, Rome, Italy LOGO WebThe JPIC Commission promotes and supports the integration of JUSTICE, PEACE & INTEGRITY OF CREATION (JPIC) in the life and mission of the Union of Superior Generals (USG) and the International Union of Superior Generals (UISG) and their member congregations.  It is responsible for animating men and women religious in justice, peace and integrity of creation according to the vows of the evangelical life, through experience, social analysis, spiritual reflection and action.

Our website offers a wide-range of information and resources on justice, peace and integrity of creation. It also serves as a forum for interaction among JPIC Promoters on issues and concerns regarding their ministry, and features a calendar of JPIC Commission events that you can link to your personal calendar. Bookmark http://www.jpicroma.org on your browser and make it a favorite site to visit. 

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Members of the USG and the UISG

All members of the USG and the UISG are invited to designate a JPIC Promoter for their respective congregation/institute to animate their membership in integrating justice, peace and integrity of creation into their spiritual and ministerial lives as men and women religious. A JPIC Promoter is responsible for helping each person and community to identify his/her own particular way of living and promoting JPIC values. The animation of JPIC consists of four elements: experience, social analysis, theological reflection/scripture/charism and action.

In particular, a JPIC Promoter is charged with the following: Remind congregational membership that evangelization and mission, without a JPIC perspective, cannot be authentic. (Cf. The Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 1971); uphold the spirituality of JPIC; animate members in the JPIC values; and develop a framework to help develop the JPIC dimension of Christian spirituality.

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Apresentacao No 26 dos Jurnais – Mozambique


REFLEXAO 26 logoDestaques

  1. Há cinco empresas no pacote da EMATUM

Com o pacote da divida oculta de cerca de 1.4 bilhões de dólares Guebuza, Nyusi e Chang criaram as seguintes empresas: EMATUM, GIPS, PROINDICUS, MAM e VIPAS. PCA da EMATUM na gestão das empresas.

A VIPAS, é uma empresa de segurança de elite que faz a protecção a Embaixadas e embaixadores, incluindo transporte de dinheiro e jóias.

  1. Os EUA juntam-se ao G14, FMI, BM e ao Reino Unido

Depois do Fundo Monetário Internacional, do Banco Mundial, do Reino Unido e dos parceiros de apoio programático, o G14, agora foi a Embaixada dos Estados Unidos da América que emitiu na segunda-feira um comunicado de imprensa em que mostra a sua preocupação em relação a divida pública de Moçambique e saúda a decisão do G14 de suspender o financiamento do Orçamento do Estado moçambicano.

  1. A carta de Dhlakama ao Presidente de Portugal

Frelimo agora persegue a estratégia de eliminar-me fisicamente.

  1. Administrador da Gorongosa nega aos jornalistas acesso ao local da suposta vala comum

O administrador do Distrito da Gorongosa, Manuel Jamaca, evocou motivos administrativos para impedir os jornalistas e a delegação provincial de Sofala de atravessarem o rio Nhanduwe para a região de Tropa, distrito de Macossa, província de Manica, onde os camponeses dizem existir uma vala comum com mais de 100 corpos abandonados.

  1. PGR e a Frelimo nos tentáculos do Pato Mafioso

Guebuza traçou um plano maquiavélico com uma engenharia cautelosa e minuciosa para endividar o Estado junto das instituições que deram aval ao empréstimo de 9.8 mil milhões de dólares americanos.

  1. Renamo cumpre promessa e não comparece na sessão da Comissão Permanente da Assembleia da República

A Renamo faltou na segunda-feira à sessão ordinária da Comissão Permanente da Assembleia da República por considerar que a convocatória foi enviada tarde e a mesma omitir a discussão sobre a divida publica e a situação política. Para a Renamo, discutir a viagem do Presidente da República a China em sede do Parlamente é extremamente irrelevante.

  1. Forças da Renamo alvejam viatura militar e provocam três mortos

Homens armados supostamente da Renamo emboscaram no último dia 05 de Maio uma viatura militar na região de Potcho, no povoado de Chibaene, na localidade de Chiandane, distrito de Tsangano, província de Tete.

  1. João Trindade diz que se a PGR está a investigar a dívida pública secreta é positivo

O Juiz jubilado João Carlos Trindade diz que, se a PGR deu início a um processo para apurar a verdade sobre o alegado endividamento secreto do Estado moçambicano, é um passo significativo para o esclarecimento da verdade e esse facto deve ser motivo de satisfação.

  1. Diz o relatório de avaliação da implementação da Lei e Regulamento do Direito à Informação
    • Instituições públicas continuam a sonegar informação

Foi apresentada no dia 03 de Maio em Maputo, o Relatório da Avaliação da Implementação da Lei e Regulamento do Direito à Informação. Por ocasião do dia Mundial de Liberdade de Imprensa, que este ano decorre sob o lema: “O acesso à Informação e as Liberdades fundamentais: este é o seu direito”. A avaliação conclui que há vários casos de violações da legislação moçambicana sobre o direito à informação.

  1. Caso Eva Moreno
    • PGR diz que houve crime de prisão ilegal

E recomenda a instauração de procedimento disciplinar contra a polícia.

  1. Dívidas escandalosas hipotecam toda a geração, diz o Parlamento Juvenil

Parlamento Juvenil declara que o Governo deve entregar à Justiça os responsáveis pelo endividamento do Estado.

  1. Na Beira
    • Polícia protege indivíduos do “esquadrões da morte”

Três indivíduos dos quais dois sobejamente conhecidos de um grupo de quatro elementos que supostamente fazem parte dos chamados “esquadrões da morte”, foram detidos no passado sábado, dia 06 de Maio, na cidade da Beira, província de Sofala.

NOSSA REFLEXÃO

Ontem, o Estado da Nação não era satisfatório. Hoje, o real Estado da Nação é péssimo. Com tenção político-militar na ordem do dia, Dívidas ocultas, valas comuns, parcerias público-privadas camufladas e o custo de vida a subir de forma galopante.

A tenção político-militar continua a deflagrar-se pelo território nacional. E até aqui não existe perspectivas claras de um diálogo sincero e responsável. Assistimos hoje a mais infantil das democracias a nível do mundo. No nosso entender, o único que poderá solucionar o conflito moçambicano, não serão os homens vestidos a fatos franceses ou italianos sentados numa mesa redonda com direito de café, água mineral, com os seus Ford Ranger, BMW, Mercedes estacionados no parque, mas desta feita o Povo pacato e soberano, saindo a rua e paralisando o país até as mais extremas consequências.

As últimas informações indicam que a nossa dívida pública atingiu os níveis mais alarmantes de todos os tempos a nível de toda África. E agora? Estas dívidas contraídas em nome do Estado, enquanto na verdade era para enriquecer um grupo de pessoas, será que os nossos impostos conseguirão amortizar toda essa desgraça? Afinal, quem mesmo deve pagar por este escândalo? O Povo? E Guebuza? Chang? Nyusi? (Este último era na altura Ministro da Defesa Nacional). Se de facto a Procuradoria já esta a investigar o caso, oxalá que o façam com maior serenidade e por fim não deixem impunes os responsáveis, prendam-nos.

Moçambique vive hoje o dilema ou a intitulada Era das Valas Comuns. Um Governo que se pretende sério e responsável consigo próprio e para com o Povo como sendo o seu legítimo patrão não ousa em propalar mentiras, discursos infundados e desprovidos de racionalidade como este nosso governo o faz quando instrui os seus homens e todos os mercenários a negarem com garras, unhas e dentes de que não existe nenhuma vala comum. O velho ditado ensina: “Se existe uma capa para cobrir, existira a outra para descobrir”. Ontem fizeram isso com as dívidas públicas, e foram descobertos, hoje, estão fazendo o mesmo as vidas dos nossos irmãos, e igualmente foram descobertos. Mais quem não se arrepende por este governo, só pode ser o pior dos imbecis que uma nação inteligente poderia ter.

Por favor: Devolvam-nos o sossego, a concórdia, harmonia, a tranquilidade, a liberdade e a Paz que são os únicos garantes da dignidade de um Povo por um lado e por outro são estas, as sementes que possibilitam a construção de uma sociedade moderna democrática de direito e de justiça social.

Só nos resta PEDIR A DEUS PAI-TODO-PODEROSO QUE NÃO ABENDONE O SEU POVO. PAI, TENDE MISERICÓRDIA DE NÓS, TE IMPLORAMOS SENHOR.

A luta continua…. “Enquanto não encontrarem-se a misericórdia e a fidelidade, enquanto não abraçarem-se a paz e a justiça”, não calaremos….

O Secretário: João Dambiro                O Coordenador: Fidel Salazar   

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Apresentacao No 25 dos Jurnais – Mozambique


REFLEXAO 25 logoDestaques

  1. Mussumbuluku e chineses interceptam nossas comunicações

Está em marcha a implementação de um tenebroso projecto de intercepção de comunicações para espiar cidadãos. O Governo quer ouvir as nossas chamadas telefónicas, ler as suas mensagens (sejam por sms, e-mail, watsap, viber).

Armando Guebuza entregou o projecto à empresa do seu filho Mussumbuluku Guebuza, denominada “Msumbiji Investment Ltd”, que por sua vez, chamou a empresa chinesa ZTE para fazer o trabalho.

O projecto esta orcado em 140 milhoes de dólares. Mussumbuluku cobrou à ZTE comissão de 8%.

  1. Depositados em vala comum na região de Canda
    • Descobertos mais de 100 corpos humanos na Gorongosa

A Policia e o Governo de Sofala desmentem as informações, alegando que são tendenciosas.

Forcas de Defesa e Segurança impedem acesso de uma delegação do MDM à vala comum.

NOSSA REFLEXÃO

Ontem, o Estado da Nação não era satisfatório. Mas hoje, o real Estado da Nação é péssimo. Tenção político-militar na ordem do dia, Dívidas ocultas, valas comuns, parcerias público-privadas camufladas.

A tenção político-militar continua a degenerar-se a passos alarmantes um pouco por toda a região centro do país. E o povo continua mergulhado em incertezas profundas e sem claras evidências de solução, isto porque a vontade política dos beligerantes parece estar muito longe de se unir para uma mesa redonda. As crianças que são o garante do futuro da nação, vêem os seus mais preciosos direitos a saúde e a educação adiados ou mesmo relegados para a prateleira do desconhecido.

As últimas informações indicam que a nossa divida pública atingiu os níveis mais alarmantes de todos os tempos a nível de toda África. E agora? Estas dívidas contraídas em nome do Estado, enquanto na verdade era para enriquecer um grupo de pessoas, será que os nossos impostos conseguirão amortizar toda essa desgraça? Afinal, quem mesmo deve pagar por este escândalo? O Povo? E Guebuza? Chang? Nyusi? (Este último era na altura Ministro da Defesa Nacional).

Em Canda, numa das regiões da Gorongosa, soaram a dias a existência de uma vala comum com corpos humanos. Mas o governo do dia parece estar a encobrir tudo alegando como sempre, trata-se de uma invenção. Será? Se se trata de uma invenção como alegam, porque há tanta forca no local para impedir o acesso ao local? Ou é mentira, ou é verdade.

Por favor: Devolvam-nos o sossego, a concórdia, harmonia, a tranquilidade, a liberdade e a Paz que são os únicos garantes da dignidade de um Povo por um lado e por outro são estas, as sementes que possibilitam a construção de uma sociedade moderna democrática de direito e de justiça social.

Só nos resta PEDIR A DEUS PAI-TODO-PODEROSO QUE NÃO ABENDONE O SEU POVO. PAI, TENDE MISERICÓRDIA DE NÓS, TE IMPLORAMOS SENHOR.

A luta continua…. “Enquanto não encontrarem-se a misericórdia e a fidelidade, enquanto não abraçarem-se a paz e a justiça”, não calaremos….

O Secretário: João Dambiro      –     O Coordenador: Fidel Salazar   

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A Dangerous Divide. The State of Inequality in Malawi.


Please find a report from OXFAM on the growing and worrying inequality in Malawi. This was published in November and give a very good picture of the divide between the rich and poor. Bill Turnbull, M.Afr

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By Oxfam in Malawi’s Country Director, John Makina

Economic inequality has worsened significantly in Malawi in recent years. In 2004, the richest 10 percent of Malawians consumed 22 times more than the poorest 10 percent. By 2011 this had risen to see the richest 10 percent spending 34 times more than the poorest. Yet even this shocking statistic is likely to be a significant underestimate1. Anyone who has seen the many large mansions springing up on the edges of Lilongwe and Blantyre, and the plethora of new shopping malls being opened, knows that conspicuous consumption amongst the richest is dramatically growing. Malawi’s Gini coefficient, the key measure of inequality, also shows the extent to which robust economic growth is benefiting the rich whilst leaving the poor behind. In seven years of impressive growth, the Gini has leapt up from 0.39, on a par with Cameroon, to 0.45, on a par with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Malawi inegality Dec 2015 05This study modelled the link between inequality, growth and poverty in Malawi over the next five years. In 2015, 8 million people – 50 percent of the country’s population – live in poverty. Yet if inequality continues to rise as it has in recent years, by 2020 1.5 million more Malawians will be poor3. Even if inequality stays broadly at the level it is now, there will still be 400,000 additional people living in poverty in Malawi by 20204. Unless Malawi acts now to reduce inequality, even rapid economic growth will fail to reduce poverty in the country.

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Conclusion

Inequality is not an accident, nor is it inevitable; it originates from policy choices. Consequently, some policy choices can worsen inequality while others reduce it. As is aptly pointed out by UNRISD, ‘Without deliberate policy interventions, high levels of inequality tend to be self-perpetuating. They lead to the development of political and economic institutions that work to maintain the political, economic and social privileges of the elite.

This study has identified a number of factors driving inequality in Malawi, and made clear that poverty reduction in Malawi will be faster if inequality decreases. But reducing inequality will not be a benign by-product of growth under trickle down assumptions. It will only happen as a result of deliberate joint policy efforts, which all Malawi’s government and civil society must unify behind.

Africa: Religious Sisters Posing As Prostitutes to Save Sex Slaves Eye Expansion


Thomson Reuters Foundation

Africa: Religious Sisters Posing As Prostitutes to Save Sex Slaves Eye Expansion

By Ellen Wulfhorst | Thomson Reuters Foundation (London) | London, 18 November 2015

An army of religious sisters who rescue victims of human trafficking by posing as prostitutes to infiltrate brothels and buying children being sold into slavery, is expanding to 140 countries, its chairman said on Wednesday.

John Studzinski, an investment banker and philanthropist who chairs Talitha Kum, said the network of 1,100 sisters currently operates in about 80 countries but the demand for efforts to combat trafficking and slavery was rising globally.

The group, set up in 2004, estimates one percent of the world’s population is trafficked in some form, which translates into some 73 million people. Of those, 70 percent are women and half are aged 16 or younger.

Thomson Reuters Foundation (London) chair“I’m not trying to be sensational but I’m trying to underscore the fact this is a world that has lost innocence … where dark forces are active,” said Studzinski, a vice chairman of U.S. investment bank The Blackstone Group.

“These are problems caused by poverty and equality but it goes well beyond that,” he told the Trust Women Conference on women’s rights and trafficking hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Detailing some cases involving trafficking and slavery, Studzinski said the treatment of some victims was horrific.

He told of one woman enslaved as a prostitute who was locked up for a week without food, forced to eat own her faeces, when she failed to have sex with a target of 12 clients a day.

In another extreme case, one woman was forced to have sex with a group of 10 men at the same time.

Studzinski said the religious sisters working to combat trafficking would go to all lengths to rescue women, often dressing up as prostitutes and going out on the street to integrate themselves into brothels.

“These sisters do not trust anyone. They do not trust governments, they do not trust corporations, and they don’t trust the local police. In some cases they cannot trust male clergy,” he said, adding that the low-key group preferred to focus on their rescue work rather than promotion.

“They work in brothels. No one knows they are there.”

The sisters were also proactive on trying to save children being sold into slavery by their parents, setting up a network of homes in Africa as well as in the Philippines, Brazil and India to shelter such children.

He said the religious sisters of Talitha Kum raised money to purchase these children.

“This is a new network of houses for children around the world who would otherwise be sold into slavery. It is shocking but it is real,” he said.

Studzinski said the network of religious sisters, that was in the process of expanding, also targeted slavery in the supply chain with sisters shedding their habits and working alongside locals for as little as 2 U.S. cents an hour to uncover abuses.

He said Talitha Kum, which translated from Aramaic means arise child, was now being hired by companies to see what is going on with respect to the supply chain and expanding globally would help address this issue.

“You can’t generalize about trafficking and slavery as no two countries are the same,” Studzinski said.

December 2014 JCTR – BNB and Press Release – Zambia


JCTR LusakaBread basket November 2014Press Release 11th December 2014

Fuel Pump Price Reduction Insignificant Says the JCTR

The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection has dismissed the recent fuel pump price reductions in the country as being insignificant and too marginal. Whereas the price of crude oil on the international market has dropped significantly around 27 Percent during the last half of the year on account of oversupply originating from international stock build-up from the steady increase in fuel self – sufficiency of the United States as the highest international consumer.

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Death of Tony Cosmos Mokheseng, Justice and Peace activist and personal friend of Raymond McQuarrie, M.Afr


Raymond McQuarrie 2014 copieFrom Raymond McQuarrie, M.Afr, Episcopal Vicar for Justice & Peace, Johannesburg, South Africa, 15th December 2014.

We have truly lost a real Justice and Peace activist, and, for myself personally, trying to run the Department of J&P in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, I am particularly sad and at a loss at Tony’s passing!!  It is a real tragedy!

Our department is now down to only three staff – from five!  And these simple few must see to the organising of the justice and peace ministries in the entire Archdiocese of Johannesburg!  An immense and breathtaking task.

PREVIOUS LETTER OF RAYMOND SENT ON THE 9TH DECEMBER 2014

My Dear Friends in Justice Peace,

It is with the deepest sadness that we share the news of the passing of our brother Tony Cosmos Mokheseng this weekend past.  We had thought, and we had prayed, that Tony would win this battle with cancer, but this was not to be!  I know too that many of you will have heard this news by now.

Ray2bOver the past three months, not one day passed when Tony wasn’t with family, friends and colleagues from within the Archdiocese. On one occasion when I visited with J&P members from the department in Johannesburg, we were over 20 people all waiting for our turn to sit with Tony and talk, pray, and give our love, support and encouragement in his painful struggle.  Tony would try to explain the painful procedures he was undergoing and enduring in an effort to eradicate this terrible affliction in his body.  He had been diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, and was now basically resident in Baragwanath hospital in Soweto.

Our days were filled with WhatsApp messages flying backwards and forwards between Tony and all of us in the department. Even though ill and in hospital, Tony was always a part our team, and with us daily as we did our business, held meetings, consultations, workshops and planned our justice and peace activities for the years ahead.  As we opened a workshop, Tony would inevitably send his encouraging WhatsApp message wishing us all the best and for a good meeting.  There were days too when we would call him for some advice or direction in one matter or another – despite his suffering and struggle, he seemed to enjoy this interruption, and to know that he was still a valuable part of our justice and peace team.  When Charmaine lost her grandfather some days ago, Tony, in his usual charm, was offering his words of comfort and encouragement.

When we visited him in Baragwanath hosptial, and as we chatted by his hospital bed, Tony’s spirit would rise then fall – he would be the one consoling us in our sadness to see our brother so ill, joking with us to pull ourselves together and not to worry so much. Then we would try to console him as his emotions got the better of him and his tears slowly welled in his eyes and his strength of spirit now waned!  We prayed together – we prayed that God would guide the doctors and nurses caring for our brother. We prayed that God would comfort and console Tony and be his constant companion in this struggle. We prayed for his family and friends, and we prayed for ourselves too, trying to imagine things without our brother – God forbid!

Two days ago, the battle was finally over, and our brother’s struggle finally ended!  We are all filled with disbelief and a deep sadness.

Yesterday, some of us from the Department of Justice & Peace went to Tony’s home in Naledi, Soweto.  We met with some family members and some neighbours and parishioners who had also come to pay their respects.  We prayed there, and chatted about Tony and the funny and charming things about him.  Despite the deep sadness, we were also able to smile as we recalled Tony’s charm, his calm assuring way with people, and his passion for justice and peace.  Tony’s family told us that his mother will arrive today from the Free State – we pray God gives her all the comforts and consolations she needs at this time, as she prepares to bury her dear son.

RayAs we prepared with Tony the IEC trainings for the elections, sat with him in the Koinonia Centre in Johannesburg at our Chaplains and Coordinators workshops, listened to his inspiring talks for the Training of Trainers for our activists, and worked with him in our offices in the Chancery, we never once imagined or considered for a single moment that by Christmas he would be gone.

We have truly lost a real and passionate justice and peace activist. Our department, our Archdiocese and justice and peace in South Africa is wounded by the passing of our brother, and we are at a loss.

When we chatted with Tony’s parish priest, Fr. Bernard Sompane, SCJ, he reminded us that even though we are deeply saddened by this loss, we ought too to celebrate Tony’s life – his invaluable contribution, through his passionate dedication to Justice and Peace, to South African society and our Church.  This is the memory and spirit of Tony I believe we ought to contemplate and sustain as we prepare to say a final goodbye to our brother.  This is the spirit and celebration of Tony’s life that we also carry through into 2015 in the J&P ministries of our Archdiocese – that ‘can do’ spirit, and charm and dedication to transform our world into a just and peaceful society that Tony was so passionately and unquestionably committed to.

Comrade Tony, rest in peace.  Lala ngoxolo Comrade, lala ngoxoloTill we meet again!

The funeral service took place on Saturday 13th December.

Launching of St. Bakhita Day 2015, A day of prayer for an end to human trafficking around the world.


St. Josephine BakhitaBy Fr. Raymond McQuarrie, M.Afr., Episcopal Vicar for Justice & Peace

Following the first planning meeting for the launching of St. Bakhita Day 2015, and the Renew Africa 2015 Planning meeting this morning, I will like to inform you of the following event being planned by the Anti-Trafficking Department of the SACBC, under the care of Sr. Melanie O’Connor: Event:Launching of the Feast of St. Bakhita (Actual Feast Day on 8th Feb). As Human Trafficking Awareness Day for South Africa

Date: Sunday 15th February 2015. Venue: Regina Mundi Catholic Church, Soweto. Time of Procession: 08:00am – To Moroka Police Station. Time of Mass: 09:00am – At Regina Mundi. Please put this date in your diaries and inform your colleagues, parishioner and friends.

As the Department of Justice and Peace, in collaboration with the SACBC Trafficking Department, we appeal to other Archdiocesan Departments, and all parishes and parishioners, to join our Bishops in making our voices heard, and taking a public stand against trafficking of human beings.

Join us in our procession from Regina Mundi Church to the Moroka Police station to deliver a memorandum on Trafficking.  Join us as we celebrate the Holy Mass, honouring St. Bakhita, imploring her intercession, guidance, protection and inspiration, especially for the many millions of men, women & children trafficked around the world, in Africa, and especially in South Africa.

In the spirit of Renew Africa, which we have just celebrated in our Archdiocese, let us work together and collaborate as diocesan departments, in serving our people – whether we serve with Health/HIV-AIDS, Youth, SPRED, Evangelisation, Liturgy, Communications, Vocations, Catechesis, etc, for His greater glory and the coming of His Kingdom. More information will be made available in early January, or please contact Sr. Melanie (SACBC) directly or the Dept. of Justice & Peace at the Chancery.

With every good wish and God bless.

JPIC-ED Bulletin December 2014 – January 2015


Bulletin JPIC-ED logo-No. 11-January-2014All things to all. By Richard Nnyombi, M.Afr

Christmas is already looming on the horizon! A joyful feast indeed not only for Christians but also for others who are not adherents to the Christian faith. According to one of the websites, Christmas is the second most popular annual feasts worldwide after New Year, followed by Eid al-Fitr, Eid-al-Adha, Valentine, Diwali, etc. Surprisingly, different people have different reasons for celebrating this day and not all Christians celebrate it because of its Christian understanding of ‘God’s incarnation in Jesus-Christ’. The key message that seems to be appealing to many in this feast is that of peace and good-will echoed in the message of the angels to the shepherds: “…….and peace on earth to all people of good will.” (Lk. 2: 14). Wouldn’t this feast, therefore, in a way be an expression of humanity’s longing for the incarnation of peace and good-will on the earth?

The Christian understanding of Christmas was the foundation of Cardinal Lavigerie’s preference for and recommendation of the tout-à-tous (making ourselves all things to all) to his missionaries as the apostolic method par excellence of witnessing to the Gospel and Kingdom values. Inspired by St. Paul (cf. 1 Cor. 9: 22; also Phil. 2: 1-11), he sees in the tout-à-tous “God’s way of doing things, the divine way.” How relevant but also how demanding is this instruction of our Founder in the multi-cultural and multi-faith globalised world of today? And to what extent does it urge us to purify our intentions so that we do not use it as a tactic to convert others to our faith community! How are we transmitting this divine way of doing things to our spiritual sons and daughters who are members of the Christian communities of which we are so proud to be the spiritual parents and founders through our predecessors?

When our spiritual sons and daughters in the local churches show hatred and aversion to the ‘different-others’ especially those of different faith communities, e.g. Islam and ATR, is it not a sign of failure on our side for not having passed on to them this spiritual and apostolic divine way  essentially enshrined in the Christmas message? A Luganda proverb says that: “Ennyonyi enkulu y’eyigiriza ento okwonoona mu kisulo.” (The old bird teaches the young ones to foul the nest). Would this mean that we ourselves have fallen short of living out the depth and breadth of this divine method?

May this Christmas season be yet another privileged moment of prayer and reflection and may it help us to rediscover the divine wisdom hidden in this instruction of our Founder, a tradition which we are so proud to name as a constitutive element of our missionary identity and our way of doing mission.

I wish each and everybody a very Happy Christmas and a blessed and fruitful new year.

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November 2014 JCTR – BNB and Press Release – Zambia


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Press Release, 7th November 2014
PROMOTION OS SOCIAL JUSTICE MUST LIVE ON SAYS JCTR
As Zambia mourns the passing of the late president H.E Michael Chilufya Sata, it is important to acknowledge the strides made by the late president and the PF government in the area of infrastructure development and efforts to enable workers afford a decent cost of living by implementing the minimum wage and raising the tax free threshold. It goes without saying that the efforts made will go a long way in boosting the positive economic growth that the country has been experiencing for the past 10 years. However for this growth to have lasting benefits it must significantly translate into poverty alleviation for the majority of Zambians that are living in poverty. The high poverty levels of 60.5% living below the poverty line indicate the extent of hardships currently being experienced by households in accessing basic needs and these hardships are much more severe in the rural parts of Zambia where 77.9% of the population are living in poverty.
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BNB and JCTR Press Release on the Proposed 2015 Budget


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