President Emmerson Mnangagwa has implored Zimbabweans to focus on issues that promote rapid socio-economic transformation and the values of unity and peace should always be cherished as they are the foundations for the desired goal of development.

Cde Mnangagwa made the remarks while addressing thousands of the Johanne Masowe Wevadzidzi VaJesu Church that is led by Enigmatic church leader Mudzidzi Wimbo.

President Mnangagwa who was invited by the church elders to grace their annual meeting received a rousing welcome from thousands of Johanne Masowe Wevadzidzi VaJesu followers who are attending the gathering called Gungano Rebesinayi at the Centre Zimbabwe Africa High School in Goora village, Shamva district in Mashonaland Central Province.

Mudzidzi Wimbo whose real name is Aaron Mhukuta leads one of the largest churches in Mashonaland Central and his followers some from neighbouring countries that include South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique gave President Mnangagwa a hero’s welcome.

Addressing the congregants President Mnangagwa said the animosity that had taken root in the country should now be a thing of the past and Zimbabweans must now focus on embracing unity and promoting peace, which are the foundations for development.

“It is God who places leaders, but it is the right of citizens to choose the people they want,” noted the President.

Cde Mnangagwa also urged Zimbabweans to be committed citizens and work hard in whatever they do.

He said the attitude displayed by some in the nursing profession was against their professional ethics which emphasizes on putting the patient’s needs ahead of one’s interest.

The Johanne Masowe Wevadzidzi VaJesu sought assistance from the government to construct a school at their shrine in Madziva and their request was granted.

President Mnangagwa implored the church to compliment government efforts in bringing development through provision of social services saying the government will always support such developmental initiatives.

The church’s request for a farm has also been taken note of said President Mnangagwa.

“Last year the country produced in excess of 2 million tonnes of maize following the successful implementation of command agriculture and the government will continue to offer support to farmers through the provision of inputs to ensure food security at household level,” he said.

Zanu PF National Political Commissar General Engelbert Rugeje, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Mashonaland Central Province, Cde Martin Dinha, Mashonaland Central Zanu PF chairman Cde Kazembe Kazembe and Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Miriam Chikukwa accompanied the President.