The Herald (Harare)

9 July 2009

Zimbabwe: National Healing Process Key to Peace, Prosperity

Harare — The country's political leadership has agreed that the national healing process is the only policy that can bring peace and prosperity in the country, Prime Minister Tsvangirai said yesterday.

Addressing delegates attending the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women's seminar for the Eastern and Southern Africa region in Harare yesterday, PM Tsvangirai urged the church to take a participatory role in this policy.

"The church represents the moral compass of all nations around the world and without it (the church), chaos, conflict and the sad spectacle that is experienced will overwhelm the world," he said.

The Prime Minister said Zimbabwe had gone through a tumultuous period that could only be addressed through the spirit of dialogue and national healing.

"The country has been through a crisis, a situation where a brother was going for his brother's neck and we the leaders have realised that it will not help the nation -- that this will never bring food to the people of Zimbabwe."

PM Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe was also preparing for an historic all stakeholders national healing conference to help Zimbabweans find themselves.

"This process is not based on party politics but for the future of the country. It is also very important to define where we are going as a country," he said.

He added that Zimbabwe was a blessed nation with a large majority of its citizens being Christians hence the need for the church to participate in national healing.

The World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women president Mrs Chita Millan hailed the relationship between the State and the church in the country.

"The presence of the Prime Minister at such a gathering is a manifestation that there is no separation between the State and the church but they can work together to make things move forward," she said.

Speaking at the same occasion, the area president for South and East Africa Mrs Thenjiwe Mncube said delegates attending the seminar from other countries were surprised by the way Zimbabweans were working together to build their country.

"We have seen pictures of Zimbabwean people in the media but we have had an opportunity to talk, pray and be with Zimbabweans and we are surprised by the way people interact.

"When we were coming here we thought we would see people who are carrying the whole world's problems but we are really surprised at how they are working and praying together as a nation," she said.

The seminar, which was last held 19 years ago, was also attended by Cabinet Ministers who included Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Gorden Moyo, Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Herbert Murerwa and Labour Deputy Minister Tracy Mutinhiri among several other dignitaries.

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