Zimbabwe is benchmarking its economic turnaround on the peace dividend as articulated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa who has extended the drive to churches to become brand ambassadors to potential markets.
Once again the message of peace, unity and forgiveness was repeated when the President addressed thousands of Zion Christian Church (ZCC) congregants who gathered at the National Sports Stadium in Harare for the National Day of Prayer for Peace and National Economic Transformation service.
Today’s peace dividend was the second such meeting with the church after a similar one was held in Bulawayo late last year and it continues to be cited as the vanguard of the country’s economic prosperity which should be replicated in every strata of the society.
Given that the country has made in-roads to regain the confidence of the international community for investments, reassuring investors of a conducive operating environment becomes an essential point of reference for every stakeholder as alluded to by Cde Mnangagwa.
The church concurs that the country’s economic transformation is premised on unity of purpose but adds that underlying this drive should be equitable distribution of resources and fighting corruption at all levels.
Zero tolerance to corruption is a message that has been preached by President Mnangagwa since his inauguration last year and has reaffirmed that there will not be any sacred cows as his government fights this vice that has eroded the socio-economic fabric of the country.
The same message was re-emphasized during today’s meeting.
Being a Christian nation, the National Day of Prayer for the country’s economic transformation represented a message of hope and faith for better outcome going forward.
The meeting was also attended by the two vice presidents, Cde Constantino Chiwenga and Cde Kembo Mohadi, the Minister of State for Harare Cde Miriam Chikukwa, Zanu PF national political commissar Cde Engelbert Rugeje, Politburo members and several senior government officials.
Outstanding displays by ZCC members, who defied the heavy down pour in the capital, captivated the delegates.