|President calls for peace ahead of polls|
|Monday, 13 August 2012 16:08|
The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has reiterated the need for peace in the country before, during and after elections.
The President, who was speaking at the National Heroes’ Acre during Heroes Day commemorations, said social cohesion of a nation is hinged on peace.
He called on Zimbabweans, political parties, civil society and other groups to desist from violence, saying no development can take place where there is no peace.
“I wish to urge all Zimbabweans, all political parties, religious groups, civil society and other institutions to desist from engaging in violent campaigns during the elections. Let us fully embrace peaceful, tolerant and non-violent ways of campaigning before, during and after the actual conduct of elections,” said Cde Mugabe.
The President paid tribute to both the fallen and living heroes for their supreme sacrifices which led to the independence the country is enjoying today.
"Through the sacrifices of our heroes, we are now able to speak of self-determination in a peaceful, democratic and sovereign country. When we salute our fallen and living heroes for their unyieliding tenacity, untold suffering and unflinching courage, we do so with the overarching declaration that says that no longer shall our people be called second class citizens, no longer shall they be labourers of imperialism and colonialism," said Cde Mugabe.
He challenged Zimbabweans to take heed of the fundamental history of the struggle which came about through unity of purpose and the self sacrificing spirit of the country’s heroes and heroines.