South Africa-Mozambique: Implementation and Ownership of Maputo Resolutions for Peace in Africa

David Simango, Mayor of the City of Maputo: “Thank you for choosing the Former President Joaquim Alberto Chissano, Mozambique, my country, and the City of Maputo for your International Conference and Resolutions for Peace in Africa”.

After its successful 2012-2013 Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa,19-21 February 2013, organized in partnership with the Joachim Chissano Foundation, under the Patronage of His Excellency Joaquim Alberto Chissano, former  President of the Republic of Mozambique, Chairperson of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation and Chairperson of AFRICA FORUM, Christians for Peace in Africa has undertaken different workshops on “Implementation and Ownership of the Maputo Resolutions for Peace in Africa”  sponsored thanks to the  financial grant from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa(OSISA).

For its first phase of implementation of the Maputo Resolutions, the organization has reached different organizations, institutions and churches in Mozambique as well as in South Africa in sharing the relevancy of the resolutions in the turmoil time like this.

Among the different national and international institutions in Mozambique, Christians for Peace in Africa has, in February and March 2013, handed over the Maputo Resolutions to the representatives of the Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, Salvation Army, Adventist, Catholic churches who could not attend our Conference in February, as well as to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) among other partners in Mozambique.

Peace being paramount to reach any successful development in Africa, according to the former United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan, Christians for Peace in Africa has, besides targeting only the Christian spiritual leaders, found very relevant to bring on board different stakeholders among women and youth who could facilitate the implementation and ownership of the Maputo Resolutions for Peace in Africa as the political, diplomatic, administrative ,municipal leaders and students.

Christians form Peace in Africa, working in partnership with the Joachim Chissano Foundation, visited first of all Dr. Leonardo S. Simao, Executive Director of the Joachim Chissano Foundation, before we met respectively the governor of the Manica province in Mozambique, Mrs Ana Comoane, the National Director of the National Institute for Mozambique Communities Abroad (INACE) of the Ministry of the International Cooperation and Commerce, Mr.  Louis Adelino da Silva, former Consul General of Mozambique Consulate in South Africa, the National Director of National Directorate of Water, Mrs.  Suzana Saranga Loforte ,as well as the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC ) in Mozambique, Professor Dr. Kola Masala  Ne Beby.

After presenting and explaining ,in March 2013,the importance of the Maputo Resolutions for Peace in Africa to more than 50 different representatives of women attending the Conference organized by African Women Empowerment Forum (AWEF) at Akasia’s Tshwane Municipal Hall,and  handing over the Maputo  Resolutions for Peace in Africa to the deputy chairperson of Christians for Peace in Africa, Mrs. Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo in Pretoria, Christians for Peace in Africa met different Christian Spiritual Leaders in South Africa, as the  Union des Ministres de Dieu Chrétiens Francophone de l’Afrique du Sud(UMDFSA), regrouping all the French speaking Men of God in South Africa. Reverend Kitutu was invited to lecture on “The Role of Media and the Culture of Peace and Migration in Africa” and he emphasized and discussed on the Maputo Resolutions with the  20 delegates, Christian Spiritual Leaders, from different African countries attending the MET French Leadership Courses , in April 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa .

Visiting for the third time the beautiful and peaceful City of Maputo from the 1st to the 4th May 2013, Christians for Peace in Africa, in partnership with the Joaquim Chissano Foundation has organized on the 2nd May, at Methodist church, under the leadership of Bishop Dinis Matsolo of Methodist Church of Southern Africa and new appointed  Regional Director of Christians for Peace in Africa in Southern Africa, a one day successful Workshop on “Implementation and Ownership of the Maputo Resolutions for Peace in Africa” actively attended by 21 delegates from different churches and organizations in Maputo.

The principal aim of the workshop was to make Mozambican Christian Leaders and other partners to own the Maputo Resolutions and run with it in different communities and to be used in the near future  as relevant witnesses in sharing their experiences with other colleagues and communities in different post-conflict countries as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR)….

Visiting the office of the Mayor of the City of Maputo on the 3rd May 2013, the president of the Municipality Council of Maputo, David Simango has, during the 30 minutes of meeting accorded to Rev Thomas-Rene Kitutu, President & Chief Executive Officer of Christians for Peace in Africa, very appreciated the choice of the Former President, His Excellency Joaquim Alberto Chissano, a very respected Leader in Mozambique, in Africa and worldwide as Patron of the 2013 Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa. A Real African Peacemaker who is one of the prides of Africa.

Thank you for choosing the former President Joachim Alberto Chissano, Mozambique, my country and the City of Maputo in organizing your International Conference on Peace in Africa  which gave birth to the Maputo Resolutions for Peace in Africa “he concluded in receiving a copy of the Maputo Resolutions for Peace in Africa.

As Christians for Peace in Africa works in partnership with the City of Johannesburg, in South Africa, the Mayor of the City of Maputo accepted the request of the organization in promoting the Culture of Peace and Reconciliation in Africa, through different Resolutions taken during the 2013 Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa.

Rev THOMAS-RENE KITUTU Z’IKOSSI