Vice President Kembo Mohadi has urged Zimbabweans to embrace their diverse cultures and not allow their backgrounds to be used as a tool to divide them on political and tribal lines.

Cde Mohadi was speaking at the launch of the National Culture Week in Gungwe, Gwanda district today.

Hundreds of people today gathered at Bolamba Cultural Village in Gungwe, Gwanda district to celebrate, showcase as well as promote their diverse and rich cultures.

Vice President Mohadi who had an opportunity to tour Bolamba Cultural Village and appreciate the Sotho people’s way of life as depicted by the newly established centre, urged Zimbabweans to celebrate their diverse cultures instead of being divided by their different backgrounds.

“Let us use our cultural diversity as a weapon to fight those who seek to divide us on political and tribal lines. Those who foment tension amongst us are strangers to our communities,” he said.

The Vice President who is also responsible for the peace and reconciliation portfolio said it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that the country holds peaceful and credible harmonised elections.

Speaking at the same occasion, Matabeleland South’s Minister of State Cde Abednico Ncube hailed communities in the province for establishing eight cultural villages while Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation, Cde Kazambe Kazembe said the government will assist the community of Bolamba to complete its cultural centre  which will help safeguard and promote the Sotho culture.

The National Culture Week is in recognition of the United Nations World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development which is celebrated on the 21st of May every year.

The national celebrations were marked by song, dance and poetry performances.