Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa (2012-2013) with President Joaquin Alberto Chissano
2012-2013 Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa, 19th -21st March 2013
President Joaquin Alberto Chissano: “As in Mozambique, Christian Leaders can play an important Role in promoting Peace in Africa”
Recap of the previous conferences
After celebrating, its 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, in partnership with the Joaquim Chissano Foundation, has chosen the historic and beautiful City of Maputo in Mozambique, to begin its next decade.
The 2012-2013 Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa (2012-2013 MICPA) has been the fourth gathering of this stature organised by Christians for Peace in Africa. The first one was the 2009 Johannesburg International Conference on Peace in Africa(2009 JICPA), organised in May 2009, in the province of Gauteng, the second, the 2010 Pietermaritzburg International Conference on Peace in Africa(2010 PICPA) was organized in September 2010 in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal; and finally the 2011 Johannesburg International Conference on Peace in Africa(2011 JICPA), was organised for the second time in the City of Johannesburg, the hub of economic activities of the Republic of South Africa.
All the three previous gatherings as the Maputo Conference have reached the expected objectives of bringing together the Leadership of Christians for Peace in Africa from different African countries as well as the Members, Partners and other stakeholders. As African Peacemakers from all different spheres of life, they have come together to discuss the issue of Peace in Africa and find relevant solutions.
Christians for Peace in Africa (CPA) is very grateful and proud to have, in all these four conferences, outstanding dignitaries as His Excellency Joaquin Alberto Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique, one of the Real Prides of Africa, and a distinguished African Peacemaker; who attended twice to our conferences in 2011 and 2013.Dr Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, national president of the Union pour la Democratie et le Progres Social(UDPS), symbol of Peace and Non-Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who attended only our 2011 gathering.
As outstanding Keynote Speakers we had the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, president and Leader of Inkhata Freedom Party (IFP),at our 2010 Pietermaritzburg International Conference on Peace in Africa, in Pietermaritzburg, as well as Dr Brigalia Bam, former Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa at our first 2009 Johannesburg International Conference on Peace in Africa; and Dr Michael Cassidy, Chairman and Founder of African Enterprise, Patron of Christians for Peace in African at our 2011 Johannesburg International Conference on Peace in Africa.
Among Guest speakers the organisation invited Dr Albertinah Luthuli, former Member of Parliament of South Africa, and eldest daughter of the Chief Albert Luthuli, the first African Nobel Peace Prize. Dr Albertinah is also a Trustee of Christians for Peace in Africa, as well as Mrs Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo, former Regional Director at the United Nations and Deputy Chairperson of Christians for Peace in Africa, and Dr Zonke Majodina, former Deputy Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
Pastor Peter Cox, former Chief Operations Officer (COO), who represented Drs Theo and Beverly Wolmarans, Senior Pastors and Founders of Christian Family Church International; he has been also one of the Guest Speakers.
Experts in Migration as Mr Hans-Petter W. BOE, former Regional Representative of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), a friend of Christians for Peace in Africa since the inception, and Professor Loren B.Landau, Director of the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) of the University of the Witwatersrand were Guest Speakers at our first 2009 Johannesburg International Conference on Peace in Africa.
Pastor Radek Chlup, Director of the Children Ministry at Christian Family Church International–Johannesburg, Mentor and Chairperson of Christians for Peace in Africa as well as Mrs Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo, Deputy Chairperson and Prophet James Repsold, Senior Pastor and Founder of Destiny Church Pretoria and all Trustees of Christians for Peace in Africa, have always played an outstanding role for the success of all these four conferences.
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, from Mrs Jackie Stevenson, Deputy President of Christians for Peace in Africa and Director of MAIS AFRICA, Mr Svend Kraemer, co-owner of Nortreks, Mr Jean-Marie Muamba, Founding Member of Christians for Peace in Africa and Executive Director of PIE CHRISTINE- TRADING, the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Pretoria, in facilitating the visas process for the Congolese delegates to our Conferences. Many thanks also to different South African High Commissions and Embassies in Africa who have always facilitated visas to our delegates despite some challenges.
The 2012-2013 Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa was entirely sponsored through the outstanding grant of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). And we thank so much the Consulate of Mozambique in Johannesburg for facilitating the visas process for our delegates.
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 done on the ground according to the Vision and Mission of the organisation. Mostly, it allows the organisation to hear from other stakeholders, partners and experts in different fields in empowering new African Peacemakers on board. This allows the new comers to know and familiarize themselves to the Vision and Mission of Christians for Peace in Africa, founded and grounded in the Gospel of Peace of Jesus Christ, the only Prince of Peace.
The Dr Michael Cassidy Peace Award honouring African Peacemakers
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 African Peacemakers of the year. The Laureates are selected and chosen among African dignitaries, ordinary people in Africa and around the world; among 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 and countries.
The Award was launched in 2006, known as the Certificate of Peace. And it was given to laureates as Mr Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General, to former President Thabo Mbeki of the Republic of South Africa, the former President Ketumile Masire of the Republic of Botswana,to Mrs Janet Musevani,spouse of the President of the Republic of Uganda, to the former Prime Ministers of Japan, the late Ryutaro Hashimoto and to Junichiro Koizumi, to the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, president of Inkatha ,to Mrs Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo, then Regional Director of the United Nations, to Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, then Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa, Mr Amos Masondo, then Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, to Dr Michael Cassidy, chairman and founder of African Enterprise and to many more among spiritual and political leaders , to Professor Loren Landau of African Centre for Migration & Society(ACMS) of the Witwatersrand University and to Mr Hans-Petter BOWE from International Organisation for Migration(IOM),to the then Member of the Mayoral Council of the City of Johannesburg, Mrs Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, to spiritual and political leaders, and also ordinary people from different fields.
The Award became the Dr Michael Cassidy Peace Award in 2009. It honours the name of Dr Michael Cassidy, for his outstanding Commitment and Legacy to Peace, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Transformation, and Reconciliation in Africa for more than 50 years. All these remarkable works have been done behind the scenes! Among the laureates are His Excellency Joaquim Alberto Chissano, to His Excellency Pierre Nkuruziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, Dr Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, again to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, to Dr Albertinah Luthuli, Dr Zonke Majodina, Dr Brigalia Bam,Mrs Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo, the international singer Mrs Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Mr Bernardo Mariano-Joaquim, Regional Director of IOM, also to the then Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Amos Masondo –a champion of Migration Management in the City of Johannesburg; and to the spouse of the present Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Franklin Parks-Tau, Mrs Pilisiwe Tau, then Executive Director for Human Development at the City of Johannesburg, to Bishop Paul Veryunn of the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg; and lastly in 2013 to Mr Emmanuel Z. Kopwe from World Initiative for Peace Education & Reconciliation(WIPER) in Tanzania, Rev Dr Judy Mbungua HOMECARE in Kenya….
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 life of the candidate on the ground. The Laureate is called and expected to become more than before an Ambassador of Peace.
Themes of the conferences
The themes of the previous Conferences were: “Africa: Arise and Shine this Is 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 theme of the 2012-2013 Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa was “Africa: If you could only Know that this Is Your Time of Visitation for Peace”, as a pressing and prophetical call to the African Leadership and all Africans to understand that this is the time for Africa to consolidate and capitalize African sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Development, according to God’s will in the 21st Century.
Choice of His Excellency Joaquim Alberto Chissano and the City of Maputo
As former Head of State of the Republic of Mozambique and presently, Chairperson of AFRICA FORUM, regrouping all former African Heads of State and Government, and Chairperson of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation, His Excellency Joaquim Alberto Chisson has played and continue to play a very outstanding role in promoting Peace in his own country Mozambique, ravaged by wars and conflicts during the colonial system and by more than 20 years of brotherhood conflicts after independence.
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, in 2007, 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 Joaquim Alberto Chissano, in October 2011, in Johannesburg, during the Celebration of its 10th Anniversary at the 2011 Johannesburg International Conference on Peace in Africa.
President Chissano 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 peaceful capital city of Mozambique, was a pressing call and a strong message to all African Leaders and their citizens in different countries in conflicts, wars and turmoil, showing them that together they can and must know that this is the time of Visitation for Africa’s lasting Peace and Sustainable Development.
President Joaquim Alberto Chissano: “Churches and Christian Spiritual Leaders are able to promote Peace through their vast and relevant network”
More than 50 delegates from different African countries have attended the 2012-2013 Maputo International Conference on Peace in Africa, under the Patronage of His Excellency President Joaquim Alberto Chissano during which, being the keynote speaker he emphasized reminded delegates, for almost two hours, the important role of the Christian Spiritual Leaders in promoting and consolidating Peace in his beloved Mozambique. And he is strongly convinced that churches and Christian spiritual leaders can continue to play the same important role in different African countries in promoting and consolidating the Culture of Peace in Africa.
Peace being a large concept, it has many definitions, he emphasized. “As Christians when we speak about Peace, we refer many times on the Peace of Christ, but we never apply what Jesus asks us to do. We hate sometimes each other and fight against each other”.
But the true definition of Peace is not only the absence of wars or conflicts. The true Peace comes from within, he underlined.The sources of many conflicts come also from within because of greedy, jealousy, lack of inner peace, sickness, and diseases as HIV/AIDS which can also be the source of lack of individual peace .The use of drugs and criminalities in our African societies are also destroying the real Peace in the lives of many people, mostly the youth of Africa.
Speaking about the historical situation of conflicts in Mozambique, his beloved country, President Chisssano spoke about the colonial wars and the civil wars between the members of FRELIMO and RENAMO which each of them ended by amicable agreements; as it is very well known that “Mozambican People Love Peace”. And the support of different national and international clergy, without distinction of denominations, was very outstanding to promote the lasting peace in Mozambique. Some of foreigner Christian leaders have been expelled by colonialists from Mozambique to Italy, Spain and many including Mozambican,even lost their lives in promoting the Culture of Peace or in bringing Peace in Mozambique.
Many former Mozambican Leaders as the first president of FRELIMO, Edouardo Mondlane, even president Samora Machel came from the Christian background families. And it remains the same today with the present political leaders who many come from the Christian faith.
“Churches and religious leaders have a huge responsibility to promote Peace in Africa through their solid and vast network in understanding the common belonging of people and knowing the responsibilities of the youth and women for the future of Africa. African Children and youth should understand their responsibilities and acquire new attitudes to understand their role for the Development of Africa in the 21st Century” he strongly emphasised. “The children and youth of Africa should be ridded of egoism, greedy and all the other evils or bad behaviours which are the causes of many conflicts and wars in our continent and handicap the Sustainable Development of Africa” he concluded.
The Keynote speech of His Excellency Joaquim Alberto Chissano was sustained and back up by a strong guiding Message from Dr Michael Cassidy, Patron of Christians for Peace in Africa, calling all delegates present in Maputo, and all Christians in general not only to confess to be Christians but to live as Christians and to be Ambassadors of Peace through the Ministry of Reconciliation in which we are all called.
Maputo Resolutions on Peace in Africa: a way to Promote Peace in Africa
Different other Guest speakers as Mr Bernardo-Mariano Joaquin, Regional Director of International Organisation for Migration (IOM), originally from Mozambique, spoke about the dilemma of Migration in the turmoil Africa, and he emphasized that we are all Africans and migrants in our beloved continent. For this reason Migration should be well understood and managed. He was followed by Pastor John Osa, senior pastor of Rebirth of Africa Ministry, originally from Nigeria, he spoke about the rebirth of Africa and its destiny. Africa in general as each Nation should understand its destiny and fulfilled its purpose for the sake of Peace in Africa. Mr Svend Kraemer, from Denmark but doing business in Tanzania, and Regional Advisor of Christians for Peace in Africa, explained the different measures Africa should take to prevent conflicts due to the consequences of the climate change. He presented the situation of Tanzania and the adequate measures to be taken. Dr Valentine Engoudou Douala-Moutang, Chief Executive Officer of the Pan African Business Coalition on HIV and Health (PABC), originally from Cameroon, shared how Africa can find its own ways of preventing and curing new diseases. There are many challenges to come, but together we can win the battle!!
On the second day, Bishop Dinis Matsholo, president of the Methodist Church in Southern Africa and Regional Director of Christians for Peace in Africa in Southern Africa, a Mozambican living in Maputo, he has, with His Excellency Joachim Alberto Chissano and Bishop Dinis Sengulane, played an outstanding role to promote Peace in Mozambique, no matter many challenges of the times. He shared the experiences of churches in Mozambique in contributing to the promotion of Peace. Dr Agnes Vera-Ikatekit-Okonera, from Uganda, spoke on food security and the Promotion of Peace, Uganda being much known as the food basket of Africa. Paradoxically the country can not feed correctly its own people, the populations of the neighbouring countries and it can not export as before. She was followed by Pastor Nelly Kangwa, founder and senior pastor of Liberties in Christ Ministries, from Zambia. She shared about the secret of Zambia being a war-free country in Africa. The true secret comes from the fact that Zambians are lead by the fear of the Lord. And they are peacemakers. Prophetess Cynthia Oliphant, from South Africa, spoke of the important role of African women in promoting Peace. Women and children being the first victims of wars and conflicts in Africa, they should be part of the solution to promote Peace in the continent.
On the last day of the Conference the two Guest speakers, Bishop Emmanuelle Kabamba Muteba, Chairperson of the Board of the Executive Advisors of Christians for Peace in Africa and Deputy Director of the Conference, and Bashonga Kizungu Zabika, both originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) spoke respectively about the mental health of the victims of wars and conflicts in the DRC as well as in the host countries and Transitional Justice. For Bishop Emmanuelle, a medical doctor by profession for more than 30 years; Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) and asylum seekers and refugee are victims of mental illness due to conflicts and wars in their countries of origin as well as in the host countries. African governments should take seriously how to fight the plague. The transitional justice is a must for the Lasting Peace and Sustainable Development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to Mr Bashonga Kizungu Zabika, president of the Congolese political party; the Front Patriotique pour le Changement (FROPAC).All Congolese lord wars should be accountable for the crimes against humanity and proceed to the reparations to secure a Lasting Peace, Democracy and Good Governance.
At the closing ceremony, important Maputo Resolutions for Peace in Africa as below had been taken by the delegates who will implement them through the outstanding partnership with the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA).
During the opening ceremony, President Joaquim Alberto Chissano had handed over the Dr Michael Cassidy Peace Award to the representatives of Rev Dr Judy Mbugua from Kenya and Mr Emmanuel Z Kopwe from Tanzania, respectively for her Outstanding Commitment in Promoting the Care of Orphans and Widows in Kenya, and for his Outstanding Commitment in Promoting Peace in the Great Lakes Region.
And before he left the venue, he dedicated Mozambique and Africa to God ,and he let fly two young doves as symbol of Peace in Africa.
Rev Thomas-Rene A.Y.Kitutu Z’Ikossi
President & Chief Executive Officer, Founder