The church has been implored to continue to play their role in peacebuilding as a key stakeholder for the attainment of peace, unity and development.
These were the words emphasised by government officials who graced a singing and dance competition by churches at Mabhugu Primary School in Gutu.
Honourable Lovemore Matuke, who is the Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, said: “We convened this gathering and met with the residents of this ward, in line with President Mnangagwa’s stance of honouring the work being done by churches. We had fifteen churches praying for the nation, praying for peace because without peace there is no development.”
“We must continue in unity and peace, as a people who are focused on their national vision, people who pray for their nation. If we pray for a leader and God gives us a leader, we must not wake up complaining tomorrow. Good churches are those which rally behind the national vision,” said Cde Ezra Chadzamira, Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution.
Meanwhile, it was a holiday to remember for the people in Gutu Central as they celebrated the New Year through a gospel music and dance competition, thanking the Almighty for the safe transition into 2021.
Fifteen denominations which participated in the singing and dance competition include Reformed Church in Zimbabwe, Roman Catholic and the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.