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Prayers for peace must continue: President Mnangagwa

Story by Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says the church is a critical partner in nation-building.

He was speaking during the Zion Christian Church Easter Sunday service at Mbungo, Masvingo on Sunday.

As per tradition, Zion Christian Church members gather at their church’s headquarters in Mbungo every Easter holiday.

For the Christian community, Easter is a time to reflect on the significance of the sacrifice made by Christ when he was crucified.

All over the world believers commemorate the Easter holidays with teachings centred on the reason for Christ being crucified.

At the Zion Christian Church, thousands of congregants from different parts of the world gathered for Easter, with President Mnangagwa and the First Lady, Dr Auxillia Mnangagwa joining them for the Sunday service.

The Head of State spoke on the critical role played by the church in national development.

“The important role of the church in accelerating our national development agenda as well as policies and programmes cannot be over-emphasised. It is commendable that at such gatherings, the church preaches and inculcates the values and work ethic that encourage production and productivity, which in turn moves our nation forward. The church is a critical partner to our nation. Furthermore, through your activities at both collective and individual level you benefit our communities and our beloved motherland as a whole,” said the President.

The Head of State said the government will continue to support the church and guarantee freedom of worship.

“My government appreciates these and other contributions made by the church to the various sectors of our economy. I assure you of our continued support in this respect.”

Drawing from the scriptures in the Bible, President Mnangagwa’s Easter message urged Christians to find inspiration from the suffering of Jesus Christ at the time of the crucifixion.

“I urge congregants and the nation at large to find inspiration from the blood, suffering and sweat of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. In John 11 verses 25-26, Jesus says I am the resurrection and the life whoever believes in me even if he dies will live and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.

“The experiences of Easter must therefore give us renewed hope and confidence through the timeless message of sacrifice, resilience and triumph over all forms of adversity. This is the message we must take home,” said President Mnangagwa.

The President concluded his message by calling on Zimbabweans to uphold Ubuntu.

He also commended the ZCC for their role in national development.

“Let us uphold hunhu /ubuntu and our unique Zimbabwean identity. Let us continue building our country, communities and families brick by brick, step by step and stone upon stone.”

After gathering for a couple of days, the ZCC members ended their annual conference on Easter Sunday.

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