By John Nhandara
THE government has stressed the importance of peace and unity in the national development agenda.
The Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD) has launched its structures for the Harare chapter, intending to foster sustainable peace and development through uniting religious sects, civic organisations, and other stakeholders in society.
Government values the role of religion in advancing national development by promoting peace and unity.
“We have the national development strategy one anchored on development and developing the nation and that can only be achieved if we have a peaceful environment and unity hence we consider the role of every stakeholder, the church included,” said Dr Nanette Silukhuni, Director Strategic Planning in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services.
IAPD’s vision is anchored on constitutional provisions which epitomize law as a precursor to development.
Bishop Albert Chikuni, IAPD president said, “We are simply upholding the constitution because we need a unified nation.”
“We are uniting religious leaders so that we preach one gospel of peace,” said Apostle Patience Hove IAPD Coordinator.
“A peaceful nation is a healthy nation development,” said Dr Charles Mugaviri, IAPD Advisory Board member.
IAPD has also launched its provincial structures in the country’s provinces with the same goal.