Tsvangirai hails artists

MASVINGO - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai hailed Artists for Democracy Zimbabwe Trust (ADZT) for fighting political violence and promoting peace in the country through their works.

Addressing artists and villagers at Chief Puis Mawere’s homestead during a peace bira organised by ADZT, Tsvangirai urged communities to desist from violence and hailed artists for helping in peace building.

“There is no country that is built on conflict and violence, so thank you for coming together to encourage each other on peace building, we are all brothers and sisters, we are encouraging the nation that people should not beat each other but rather live harmoniously in our societies,” he said.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai urged youths to resist politicians who come and use them as weapons of political violence and urged them to use their talents in preaching peace.

“We know that when election time comes, people begin to kill and beat each other, but this time we do not need that. This time perpetrators will die in jail, they will be arrested and no one will get away with murder. Let’s live peacefully so that our country develops. We cannot make it up there when you guys are beating each other down here, while you beat each other we will drink tea with President Robert Mugabe,” Tsvangirai said.

The Premier said the initiative by ADZT was brilliant and needed to be taken to all the country’s ten provinces.

The bira was held at Mawere’s homestead in Gutu South’s ward 24 as a symbol of cleansing  avenging spirits that were caused by the violence and bloodshed of the 2008 election.

Mawere also echoed the PM’s sentiments and called on Zimbabweans to accept each other regardless of political affiliations.

“Our country needs peace for development there is no gain in fighting over political choice, we should accept one another and live peacefully. As artists you are doing the right thing by encouraging others to desist from violence,” said Mawere.

At the bira villagers were treated to some traditional dances from groups from different provinces.

The bira was followed by a peace music show at Jerera growth point in Zaka the following day.

Musicians Madiz, Dino Mudondo, Uncle Jaunda Pisa Pisa and Zvido zvenyu traditional dance group took turns to mesmerise hundreds of revellers who attended the concert.

Sandra Macheka the ADZT programmes manager said her trust will take the massage of peace through art work to all corners of Zimbabwe.

“We will be taking this initiative to all corners of the country. We feel artists have a great role to play in promoting peace in the nation. And this can be done through their plays, music and writings.

May this be a better and understandable medium of communicating peace to Zimbabwe so that we avoid incidents of political violence in future elections,” said Macheka. - Godfrey Mtimba

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