Different international youth groups and churches have joined hands in commemorating Africa Day and marking the 5th anniversary of the annual Declaration of World Peace Day through conducting a peace walk in Harare.

In an interview with the ZBC News on the sidelines of a peace walk from Town House to Harare Gardens, Mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni said peace had been abandoned by most African governments due to their search for selfish political and financial goals.

“The most violent attack on political violence is not further violence but sustained messages of peace such as this march you are leading,” he said.

Representatives of different groups also noted that it was important for the youth to shun violence by educating each other through such campaigns.

In a similar event organised by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches in the Harare Gardens, guest speaker Justice Selo Nare-National Peace and Restoration Commission chairperson explained how churches contributed in ending apartheid in South Africa.

Zimbabwe Council of Churches general secretary Reverend Dr Kenneth Mtata said churches should continue praying for the nation as the country moves towards its harmonised elections later this year.