Churches say they are preaching the gospel of peace ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections slated for the 30th of July.

Church leaders from various denominations who were meeting Manicaland Minister of State, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa say they want peace and tranquility to reign supreme before, during as well as after the elections.

“As the church we have been telling our members that we need to be peaceful. With peace we accrue many benefits. Peace is critical in development of the country as the church we are saying we want peace. Zimbabweans are peace loving and despite that we have been also spreading the message that we want to pray for the country’s leadership to steer us to the Promised Land,” said one of the leaders.

Cde Mutsvangwa says the church has a critical role to play in spreading the message of peace in the country.

“The church helps us as leadership in many ways. They act as the moral compass and this engagement is further proof that together we can achieve the set national goals,” said Cde Mutsvangwa.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently met church leaders in Harare as part of his engagement with religious groups.