Chiefs say they have a key role in maintaining peace and political tolerance in their communities ahead of the July 30 harmonised elections.

The traditional leaders held their Manicaland provincial assembly in Mutare recently and concluded that people must remain united despite their political affiliation.

“Politics aside, many of the people we reside with are our relatives. As such, there is need for the message to be put across that we need to coexist amicably. Differences in political ideology must not lead to violence,” Senator Chief Chiduku said.

Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa applauded the role traditional leaders play in maintaining peace as the country heads for elections.

“Traditional leaders are key in cementing relations in our communities. The 2018 elections will come and go but we will still remain within our communities and as such, there is need for us to see eye to eye each and every time,” she said.

Campaigns by political parties in Manicaland Province ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections have largely been characterised by peace and tolerance.