Differences should not hinder progress – VP Chiwenga

By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor

As the country goes to the polls this Saturday, Vice President, General (Retd) Dr Constantino Chiwenga has appealed to the church to continue fostering the spirit of unity and peace.

This Friday, heads of Christian denominations in Zimbabwe including the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference, Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe and the Union for Development of Apostolic and Zionist Churches in Zimbabwe met Vice President Chiwenga to discuss issues affecting society ranging from the by-elections to drug abuse.

“We had a very fruitful meeting today with the Vice President. There are a number of issues we had discussions on. The first issue was the voters role and we brought our concerns which were adequately answered. We also spoke widely on the issues of political violence and the issues of a credible election. The other issue which was critical was the issue of the PVO bill, areas where we are concerned and where we needed clarity. We also discussed the issue of drug and substance abuse, which has highly affected our youths,” said Bishop Never Muparutsa, Vice President of Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations.

Responding to some of the issues raised by the bishops, Vice President Chiwenga called for unity of purpose in the development of the country.

“The country is built by its poeople. His Excellency President Mnangagwa has repeatedly said to all of us on many occasions. It is a philosophy which should inspire and encourage all of us to work together as Zimbabweans. As a united people bound by a common destiny, the difference we may have, be they political, social, religious, ethnic or tribal, should never stand in the way of progress, promoting and defending our national interests and values,” said the Vice President.

He also appealed to churches to encourage citizens to respect election outcomes.