Robin Muchetu, Senior Reporter
ZIMBABWEANS should tolerate each other even if they are from different political parties so that the country can deliver credible, free and fair elections in July, Vice-President Cde Kembo Mohadi said yesterday.
He said this while officially opening the National Culture Week at Bolamba Cultural Centre in Gungwe, Gwanda District.
“We need to tolerate each other and our President (Mnangagwa) said we need to see a free and fair election, we can only achieve that if we tolerate each other, let’s tolerate each other and work together as Zimbabweans and by so doing we will prosper and create a great nation. Each one of us is a player in building Zimbabwe and each culture is also a player. That is why we pride ourselves in our diversity,” he said.
Cde Mohadi said the international community was keeping a hawk’s eyes on the elections hence the need to prove that Zimbabwe was now mature enough to hold clean elections.
“We implore the people of Zimbabwe to go into this harmonised election in harmony by tolerating each other, as the VP, I was tasked by the President as a special envoy to visit various countries in Asia and Europe, telling them about new dispensation and what we stand for. Their answer was that we have done well so far but they said they were waiting for the elections so that they see whether the elections are free, fair and credible. And if we don’t do and get our elections to be seen as free, fair and credible then we will remove a lot of support from the international community. Forewarned is forearmed,” he said.
Cde Mohadi said Zimbabweans come a long way and it was time to turn around the fortunes of the nation.
“There is none among us who has never had a conflict with the other, from time immemorial we have had conflicts, up to now we have resolved them. I hear people talk a lot about revenging on past mistakes, this is not the case, we may be different in political thoughts but we are the same people and nation. Let us use our cultural diversity to fight those that wish to divide us along political and tribal lines. Those who foment tension among us are strangers in our communities,” he added.
Cde Mohadi reminded the people to embrace peace.
“Conflict comes because we do not appreciate other people’s culture. There is so much of the other in you that will make you realise that you need each other all the time. You can begin by learning each other’s language, let us then go in to the elections period with a cultural drive that accepts our unity in diversity,” said Cde Mohadi.
He said Culture Week is Zimbabwe’s own unique way of celebration its culture.
“As Government we commend the Bolamba community, National Arts Council and the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation for ensuring that our unique and diverse cultures are not only embraced and respected but practised and safe guarded for prosperity,” he said.
He added; “We pride ourselves in that the arts and culture, both tangible and intangible that are exhibited are showcased today, provide a fulfilling sense of identity and belonging. It is through these various expressions that we see ourselves and therefore what we can become.”
He said the diversity of Zimbabweans is the cement that keeps them together as one nation.