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September 14, 2014

Churches urge Zimbabweans to remain peaceful

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PART OF THE CROWD

Part of the crowd that graced the peace celebrations in Karoi

By Nhau Mangirazi

KAROI– Zimbabweans have been called upon to remain peaceful as they bury the ‘’dark past’’ of political, social and economical violence denting country gains of independence.

Speaking during the launch of peace celebrations here at the weekend by Ecumenical Peace Observation Initiative in Zimbabwe, a program by Heads of Christian Denominations, director Tendai Maregere said there is need to maintain a peaceful environment regardless of challenges faced.

ICON TRADITIONAL DANCE

Icon traditional dancers show during peace celebrations in Karoi

‘’Last year, churches under the umbrella bodies of Zimbabwe Council of Churches, Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, Catholic Bishops Conference and the Union of Development of Apostolic and Zionist Churches in Zimbabwe started peaceful approach to end violence that gripped the country during 2008 elections when we faced social, political and economical crisis. We understand that peace is against development and we call upon everyone to build a culture of peace. We are happy that 2013 elections were peaceful and we must remain committed to a better country enjoying harmony’’ said Maregere.

Hurungwe district administrator Tsana Chirau bemoaned the low turn out during the celebrations in Karoi town about 204 kilometers north-west of Harare saying it is unfortunate that the event was trivialized.

Gwendoline Chikaka who spoke on behalf of Chirau called on other stakeholders to take part in peace celebrations in future.

‘’This program is meant for Hurungwe and Zimbabwe at large. We want to build peace in our homes and in communities. Hurungwe must preach peace. It is a challenge for few of us who attended these celebrations to preach peace and spread the gospel wherever we go. I am saddened by poor turn out but we hope next year we will prepare to get more people coming from all over the district’’ said Chirau.

Baptsim of Fire's Godwin Gutsa in red wrestle Joel Zilala without a shirt who intends to kill his wife for denying him sex

Baptsim of Fire’s Godwin Gutsa in red wrestles Joel Zilala without a shirt who intends to kill his wife for denying him sex

Those who attended the celebrations were entertained by plays from local drama groups, poems that focused on domestic violence, abuse of girl child encouraging people to live peacefully.

Tendayi Bobo, EPOIZ research and advocacy officer said the celebrations will take place in country’s seven provinces.

‘’These provinces have been selected due to conflicts experienced in the past and the continuous engagement to a climate of tolerance and peaceful co-existence. These  celebrations are held under the theme, ‘’Building the Zimbabwe we want in faith, hope, and unity’’ said Bobo.

The celebrations will be held in Bvekerwa (Rusape in Manicaland) on 19 September, Hwange (Matabeleland North) on 25 September, Gokwe Central in Midlands on 27 September, Bikita in Masvingo on 30 September and Bulawayo on 4 October before coming to Harare on 9 October.

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