Indigenous Christian churches have been hailed for the strides they are making in assisting government in the development agenda.

Government is working towards ensuring that set development targets are met with the church having been cited as a key partner.

The Johanne Masowe Echishanu Church has been hailed for positive steps being made in empowering women with a training centre earmarked for Manicaland Province.

Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa said; “I am very passionate about women’s projects. The strides that you are manning as a church particularly through the construction of a center for women’s projects are very welcome. This is what the church must be championing”.

There is also agreement that the church plays a key role in guaranteeing social cohesion.

“The church must be at the forefront of preaching the gospel of unity now that we are headed for elections. We want the message of peace to be at the heart of every Zimbabwean,” said Mutare South legislator, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya.

Leader of the Manicaland branch of the Johane Masowe Echishanu, Madzibaba Andyby Makururu said he is only fulfilling the vision spelt out by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, which he said will be instrumental in turning the country’s fortunes around.

“As a church we are happy about the positive messages that President Mnangagwa has given out. He has engaged the church and we are happy that he has shown the whole country and the rest of the world that he wants development for the country,” said Madzibaba Makururu.

In the country, the church has a proven track record of delivering social services, health and education as it complements government efforts in development.