President Emmerson Mnangagwa, often fingered for active role in past violence episodes, has invited the church to help ensure next year’s by-elections are held in peace.
The Zimbabwean leader Sunday took the occasion of the 5th edition of the annual service which he presided over in Bulawayo Sunday to make the call.
“I want to highlight that in 2022 the country will be holding various electoral processes.
“I appeal to the church and each and every one of us in general to play an active role in ensuring that peace, peace, peace and stability prevails in our country,” he said.
The country holds by-elections for more than 130 parliamentary and council seats which fell vacant through a combination of death and several recalls on elected representatives by the Douglas Mwonzora led MDC-T.
Mnangagwa said no country could develop without peace.
He added, “We must love our neighbours as we love ourselves because this is after all the greatest commandments.
“Let 2022 be about greater love, greater peace, greater unity and greater hard honest work amongst ourselves.”
Mnangagwa’s name often pops up during discussions relating to past episodes of election related violence and outside.
The Zimbabwe incumbent has never publicly commended about the allegations.