2013 Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa,

February 2013

Theme:  “AFRICA: If only You Could Know This is The Time of Your Visitation for Peace

Luke 19, 41-44

 

Overview and Background Information

After celebrating, 10 Years of Impacting Africa with the Culture of Peace in October 2011, in Johannesburg-   a world class African City, In South Africa; Christians for Peace in Africa has chosen the historic and beautiful City of Maputo in Mozambique, to begin its next decade.

The 2012 Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa will be the fourth gathering of this statureorganised by Christians for Peace in Africa. The first one wasthe 2009 Johannesburg International Conference on Peace in Africa, organised in May 2009in the province of Gauteng, in Memory of the Chief Albert Luthuli and Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr , both Committed Christians and Nobel Peace Prize,. The second was the 2010 Pietermaritzburg International Conference on Peace in Africa, organizedin September 2010 in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, under the Patronage of Dr Michael Cassidy, Patron of our organisation.  And finally the 2011 Johannesburg International Conference on Peace in Africa was held for the second time in the City of Johannesburg, in Memory of all the Victims of wars and Conflicts in Africa.

All the three gatherings have reached the expected objectives of bringing together the Leadership, Members and Partners of Christians for Peace in Africa from different African countries, and mostly all African Peacemakers from all spheres of life- to think and discuss  together on issue of Peace in Africa.

Christians for Peace in Africa(CPA) is very grateful  and proud to have during the three Conferences outstanding keynote speakers , speakers , guests and  dignitaries as  His Excellency Joachim Alberto Chissano, former president of Mozambique, the Real Pride of Africa, Dr Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba,  outstanding  symbol of Peace and Non-Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the Leader of Inkhata Freedom Party, Dr Brigadia Bam, former Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa, Dr  Albertinah Luthuli,former Member of Parliament and eldest daughter of the Chief Albert Luthuli, first African  Nobel  Peace Prize, and Trustee of Christians for Peace in Africa; Dr Michael Cassidy, Chairman and Founder of African Enterprise, Patron of Christians for Peace in Africa, Mrs Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo, former Regional Director of the United Nations and Deputy Chairperson of Christians for Peace in Africa, Dr Zonke Majodina, former Deputy Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission and Trustee of Christians for Peace in Africa, as well as Pastor Peter Cox, former  Chief Operations Officer (COO),  representing Drs Theo and Belverly Wolmarans, Senior Pastors and Founders of Christian Family Church International. Experts in migration as Mr Hans-Petter W. Boe, former Regional Representative of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the professor Loren B Landau, Director of the African Centre for Migration & Society of the University of the Witwatersrand were speakers at our first conference.

Pastor Radek Chlup, Director of the Children Ministry at Christian Family Church International-Johannesburg, Mentor and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Christians for Peace in Africa as well as Mrs Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo, Deputy Chairperson and Prophet James Repsold Senior Pastor of Destiny Ministry and Trustee of Christians for Peace in Africa, have always played an outstanding role for the success of   all these three previous conferences.

Sponsorship and Contribution

Christians for Peace in Africa is very grateful of receiving outstanding sponsorship and contribution from different Partners as Christian Family Church International, African Enterprise, the City of Johannesburg, the South African Human Rights Commission, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Botswana Consulate General in Johannesburg, the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Pretoria, in facilitating the visas process for the Congolese delegates. We thank some different South African High Commissions and Embassies in Africa as in Tanzania, in Kenya, in Liberia, and in Ghana in facilitating visas to our delegates despite the challenges faced in other South African diplomatic representations.

Aim of the International Conference on Peace in Africa

Far of being a traditional gathering or a business as usual, the annual International Conference on Peace in Africa allows all the Leadership of Christians for Peace in Africa to come annually together to scrutinize the works on the ground according to the Vision and Mission of the organisation for a better implementation. Mostly, it allows the organisation to hear from other stakeholders and experts in different fields by empowering new African Peacemakers. This allows the new comers, African Peacemakers, to own the Vision and Mission of Christians for Peace in Africa, through the Gospel of Peace of Jesus Christ, the only Prince of Peace.

The DR MICHAEL CASSIDY PEACE AWARD

The handing over ceremony of the DR MICHAEL CASSIDY PEACE AWARD, being one of the climax moments of the International Conference on Peace in Africa, gives the opportunity to Christians for Peace in Africa to honour and celebrate the selected, Laureates African Peacemakers. The Laureates are selected and chosen among African dignitaries, ordinary people in Africa and around the world. They are African Peacemakers, who have positively contributed and continue to play an important role in promoting the Culture of Peace in Africa in their different fields of activities.

Since the inception of the Award in 2006, known as the CERTIFICATE OF PEACE, before it becomes the DR MICHAEL CASSIDY PEACE AWARD in 2009, the Prize honours Dr MICHAEL CASSIDY, Chairman and Founder of African Enterprise, Patron of Christians for Peace in Africa, for his outstanding Commitment and Legacy for Peace, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Transformation, Reconciliation in Africa for almost 50 years. All these remarkable works, mediations and negotiations have been done behind the scenes in South Africa, in Africa and around the world.

The selection and choice of the Laureate by the Leadership of Christians for Peace in Africa is done after a long period of prayers, analysis and confrontation of different reports and testimonies of the candidate on the ground by different witnesses.  The African Peacemaker Laureate of the DR MICHAEL CASSIDY PEACE AWARD is called and expected to become more than before an Ambassador of Peace.

 Theme of the 2012 MAPUTO International Conference on Peace in Africa

Recalling and emphasizing the themes of the previous Conferences,” Africa: Arise and Shine this Your Time for Peace” in 2009, “Africa :this is Your Time for Harvest and Restoration” in 2010, “For Africa Peace, I will not Keep Silent Anymore” in 2011; the present theme “Africa:  If You could only  Know This Your Time of Visitation for Peace” is a pressing and prophetical call to the African Leadership and to all Africans to understand that this is the time of Africa for its sustainable and lasting Peace and Development, according to God’s will.

Choice of the Patronage of His Excellency JOACHIM ALBERTO CHISSANO and the City of MAPUTO

As former Head of State of the Republic of Mozambique and presently, Chairperson of the Joachim Chissano Foundation, His Excellency Joachim Alberto Chissano has played a very outstanding role in promoting Peace in his own country Mozambique, ravaged by wars and conflicts during more than 20 years. A tireless   African Peacemaker and a Committed Christian, he continues to play the same important role in many different African countries. Laureate of many important Peace Awards in Africa and worldwide, he has also received the Outstanding Ibrahim Moi Prize on African Leadership and Good Governance.

Christians for Peace in Africa was privileged and honoured to hand over the DR MICHAEL CASSIDY PEACE AWARD to His Excellency JOACHIM ALBERTO CHISSANO, in October 2011, in Johannesburg, during the Celebration of its 10th Anniversary and the 2011 Johannesburg International Conference on Peace in Africa.

He was honoured, for His Outstanding Commitment in Promoting the Culture of Peace, Leadership and Good Governance in Africa. Receiving the Prize he said: “I dedicate this Award to my Mozambican brothers and sisters without who we could not achieve the lasting peace in Mozambique”.

The choice of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, is a pressing call and  a strong message to all African Leaders and their citizens in the different African countries in conflicts, wars and turmoil, showing that together they  can and must known and be aware that this the  time of Visitation for Africa’s lasting Peace.

 

Be An African Peacemaker

 

PROGRAMME

LIST OF KEYNOTE AND GUEST SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • His Excellency JOACHIM ALBERTO CHISSANO, former President of the Republic of Mozambique,   Chairperson of Africa Forum and Chairperson of Joachim Chissano Foundation, Patron of the 2012 Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa . Contact:      mabuianguegmail.com  “The Lasting Peace in Africa for the Development of the Continent in the  21st Century: What Role Can Christian Leaders Play  ”

 GUEST SPEAKERS

  • 1. Mrs SCHOLASTICA SYLVAN KIMARYO, Founder and CEO of Maadili Health and Lifestyle,Deputy Chairperson of Christians for Peace in Africa Contact:   sskimaryo@gmail.com

“   Peace is Possible in Africa through other Alternative Ways

  • 2.Bishop DINIS MATSOLO, Methodist Church, Mozambique: “Experiences and Contribution of Churches in Promoting Peace in Mozambique: A Lesson for Other African Countries” Contact: matsolo@hotmail.com
  •  3. Mr Bernardo MARIANO-JOACHIM, Regional Director for the IOM (International

for Migration), Contact: bmariano@iom.intThe Dilemma of Migration in the turmoil   

                Africa Todaybmariano@iom.org

  • 4Mr EMMANUEL Z.KOPWE, CEO of World Initiatives for Peace, Education &

Reconciliation (WIPER), International Advisor of Christians for Peace in Africa, contacts:

wiper3@gmail.com  “Is a Lasting Peace a Reality in the Great Lakes Region through

                Christian Organisations?

The Challenge of Promoting the Culture of Peace and Human Rights in the African Post-

                  Conflict Countries

  • 6.    Mrs JACKIE STEVENSON, Director of MAIS AFRICA, Deputy President of Christians for Peace in  Africa, Contact: kitjac@iafrica.comRefugee and Unaccompanied Children: The Challenge of  Education in Southern Africa

 

  • 7. Mr BOAVENTURA ZITA, National Coordinator of TWP-CCM, Mozambique                  Contacts: zitha5@gmail.com: “The collect of Arms in promoting the Culture of Peace in the Post –Conflict Country:  Case of Mozambique

 

  • 8. Mr EDWIN M.MUNANGA, Head of Administration Services NEPAD, Contacts: edwinm@nepad.org  “ NEPAD: Peace Agenda and the Development of Africa”

      INTERVENTIONS

  • 1.Mr SVEND KRAEMER, Counsellor NORTEKS –World Wide Riding Tours, Regional Advisor

Christians for Peace in Africa- Eastern Africa, Contact: svend@notreks.net

What Africa can expect in Preventing Conflict due to Climate Change?”

  • 2.Mr MARTIN SIMTENDA, Regional Director of Christians for Peace in Africa- Eastern Africa

Is TANZANIA: An Island of Peace? The Role of Christians for Peace in Africa in Sustaining

                    Peace in the Regionmartinsimtenda@yahoo.com

  • 3.Rev Dr NNAKA JOKEN, Regional Director of Christians for Peace in Africa-Western Africa

Christians for Peace in Africa and the Religious Conflict in Nigeria” Contact:

eaglehigherbird@yahoo.com

  • 4. Mr JONAS TSHIOMBELA KABIENA, Regional Director of Christians for Peace in Africa- Central Africa, Contact: jonastshio@yahoo.comCan Christians for Peace in Africa play a Neutral Role in Promoting Peace in the Volatile   DRC?”
  • 5. Rev VICTOR KHUMALO, Regional Director of Christians for Peace in Africa, Contact: “Which Part Christians for Peace in Africa can play in Promoting Peace and Social Cohesion in the SADC Region?”