Zimbabweans have a duty and responsibility to uphold the prevailing peace as the key ingredient to development and prosperity, Zimbabwe Peace-building Initiative (ZimPI) chairperson Sekai Holland has said.

Zimbabwe and the world yesterday commemorated the United Nations International Day of Peace under the theme; Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals.

The theme is anchored on the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is a call to peace as a prerequisite for development, according to Holland.

“Fostering peace contributes to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieving the SDGs will create a culture of peace for all.

“ZimPI salutes Zimbabwe for aligning its development blueprint National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) with the SDGs. ZimPI now calls us all to go forward together, finding peace building ways to consolidate this peace; within our homes, communities and nation, with a new focus: identifying that common ground that Zimbabweans share, as the basis to unite ourselves as a society,” she said.

“This unity opens us to recognise that unity of purpose is essential in society; it is a key ingredient for our sustainable development: for without development we cannot achieve equality. 

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“Let us all work together, mapping our way forward, in solution-based community conversations, flowing from our households, communities and into our government national plan.”

Holland said traditional values of ubuntu/hunhu, embodied the country’s societal values including justice and fairness for all.

“We could think about adopting these two values in our personal approach to those around us, to maintain this environment of hard won peace, still enveloping our country, empowering us to, as one, develop our beautiful Zimbabwe together,” she said.

Holland hailed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030 campaign messages Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo. Ilizwe lakhiwa ngabanikazi balo.(A country is built by its own people).

“It is in this light that ZimPI also implores Zimbabweans from all walks of life to put the country first, by coming together to realise the Zimbabwean dream, united as one regardless of race, gender, religious or political affiliation.

The calls for peace and development remind and connect us to our leaders’ messages to us all, at different periods of our history,” she said.

The ZimPI focuses on mainstreaming the peace-building instrument with its foundation in all policies and programmes designed with and by disadvantaged households, in communities and at national level, ensuring sustainability.

The initiative also prioritises the marginalised people living in rural, peri-urban and urban areas.