Vice President Cde Kembo Mohadi has commended the church for the instrumental role it is playing in the socio-political and economic development of the country saying Zimbabwe will not be where it is today without the contribution of the religious sector.

The remarks come amid plans by the Gospel of God Church International to establish an environment school in Hallensvale farm in Mangwe district.

Addressing scores of Gospel of God Church congregants drawn from Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Malawi at Hallensvale farm, Vice President Mohadi who was represented by the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Abednico Ncube said the church has been instrumental in promoting unity and peace in the country adding that the same gospel should continue ahead of the harmonised elections

“It is President Mnangagwa’s wish that everyone registers to vote, maintains peace and non violence. We expect the church to proclaim the gospel of peace and non violence as we gear for elections,” he said.

Cde Mohadi also commended the church for planning to establish an environment school that seeks to promote the conservation and preservation of the ecosystem.

“The enrolment of the students at this institution will bring development to this region of Matabeleland South. I expect people from this region to take the initiative by being the first to flood the institution,” he said.

The church’s general secretary for the southern region, Mr Marakiya Chitambire thanked government for giving them the green light to establish the tertiary institution saying the project will kick off once all requirements have been met.

“I hope the project will go a long in changing people‘s attitudes about the environment and highlighting the benefits of preserving our forests,.” he said

The indigenous church went on to pledge its unwavering support to the government saying it is optimistic that the new administration will lead Zimbabwe to prosperity.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate has honoured six journalists from various media houses for highlighting critical environmental issues.

Among these were ZBC reporter Tafara Chikumira and National FMs producer-presenter Ezra Kaunda.