Do not fear; Intervene and Preach peace: Chief Seke challenges Church

By Kudakwashe Matambo

 

Chief Seke has challenged the Roman Catholic Church through its justice and peace arm, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, to preach the word of peace because ‘politics is destroying nations.’

 

Speaking at a Peace Festival held at Besa Primary School in Seke rural on the 30th of March, Chief Seke, real name Stanley Chimanikire, said the Church must not hesitate to speak truth and challenge injustices in the country. 

 

“Politics is destroying nations and as Roman Catholic Church in Zimbabwe, do not hesitate to intervene. Preach the word of peace. I am more than willing to partner you in the work of bringing justice and peace to the people,” he sternly remarked. 

 

“So we are saying to you CCJP, let’s work together,” said the Chief.

 

Pledging to partner CCJP, the Chief said the Church has the ‘power, means and mandate’ to deal with conflict and help communities to dialogue and co-exist in peace, especially politicians. 

 

“Please, CCJP you need to intervene, that is your mandate. If you did not know it, know that your Chief has sent you to do that. Pray for the country and pray against selfishness,” he remarked. 

 

He commended the hard work of the commission and the entirety of the Church in neutralizing conflict in the country and also in preaching love and tolerance in communities,

 

The festival which drew over 100 people from Archdiocese of Harare’s deaneries was held under the theme ‘Towards the Zimbabwe we want, fostering peace and unity, starting with our community.’

 

Archdiocese of Harare CCJP Coordinator, Mr Joel Nkunzane said the event was aimed at celebrating achievements in peace programs and initiatives conducted by the members of the parish and deaneries ‘acting in the spirit of fostering peace and unity.’ 

 

“We were gathered here to give each community a chance to share their experiences about their peace initiatives. We were exposed to the various activities. 

 

The most celebrated peace initiatives included CCJP community initiatives to fight drug abuse, promoting community involvement in environmental justice, assistance to refugees, surveys and programs on birth certificate registration; and sewer reticulation among others. 

 

The Chitungwiza and Outer City deaneries were recognised as outstanding deaneries who excelled in implementing t peace initiatives.13 individuals were also awarded certificates of appreciation for being outstanding community drivers for the various community initiatives.

 

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