Peace movement here to stay: Organisers

HARARE - Organisers of the Peace and Family Festival scheduled for the National Sports Stadium in Harare on November 21 say the event will go a long way in promoting peace in society.

Addressing journalists in Harare, Bakary Camara, the Africa regional chairperson of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), the organisers, said the campaign is not going to end with the National Sports Stadium event.

“The National Sports Stadium event is just the major highlight but the campaign will continue even after November 21.

“Peace is an integral component of every society. To build a unified nation, we must first build unified families, the very foundation of the nation.

“Yet families cannot be built without healthy and stable marriages, the very root of strong families,” Camara said.

“A viable nation cannot be built on broken marriages and families.”

Camara said the festival to be officiated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is expected to be graced by thousands of couples.

“We are targeting over 40 000 couples to grace the event. The purpose of the festival ... is to bring together people from all walks of life — political leaders, religious leaders, chiefs, civil society, married couples and youths — for the sake of peace and reconciliation.

“This will be done through a celebration of the arts, music, and inspirational words, the diversity and creative power of our human family will be highlighted,” he said.

Musicians Oliver Mtukudzi, Michael Mahendere, Mathias Mhere and Hope Masike are set to showcase at the event.

“A poetry contest is currently going on among secondary schools in Harare under the auspices of the ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Harare Provincial Education Office.

“Students are asked to produce poems relating to the general theme of the event —Peace Starts with Me ... Peace Starts with My Family.

“Prizes will be presented for the best poems from 12 schools and the overall best poem will be read at the event,” Camara said.

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