No peace with­out di­a­logue: ED

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fari­rai Machivenyika Se­nior Re­porter

PRES­I­DENT Mnan­gagwa has em­pha­sised the need for di­a­logue among Zim­bab­weans as the only way to foster har­mony in com­mu­ni­ties.

He made the re­marks dur­ing a din­ner at State House on Thurs­day where the First Lady, Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa, re­ceived a hu­man­i­tar­ian award from Mat­ter, a US-based or­gan­i­sa­tion, in recog­ni­tion of the char­i­ta­ble work she has done through her An­gel of Hope Foun­da­tion.

“What we are cel­e­brat­ing to­day is ser­vice to those who are un­able to help them­selves,” the Pres­i­dent said. “When the First Lady be­gan this cru­sade, I was very ap­pre­hen­sive about how she would sep­a­rate pol­i­tics from this call­ing,” he said.

“But I am sur­prised that she has suc­ceeded. In all her speeches I al­ways lis­ten very care­fully to hear how much in­flu­ence there is re­gard­ing pol­i­tics. I have heard zero. She never men­tions my party. When I say Zim­babwe is open for busi­ness and di­a­logue, she comes here and says Zim­babwe is open for busi­ness and char­ity. What a dif­fer­ence!”

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said di­a­logue was nec­es­sary to pre­vent con­flicts among na­tions and in com­mu­ni­ties.

“But I think as we sit around the ta­bles here, some would ap­peal to a Zim­babwe which is open for busi­ness and di­a­logue,” he said.

“Oth­ers on that topic would sup­port a Zim­babwe open for busi­ness and char­ity. Both are sce­nar­ios. I think there is no­bil­ity. Where peo­ple dis­agree or have dif­fer­ent views on a par­tic­u­lar path, jour­ney or des­tiny of their coun­try, it is crit­i­cally im­por­tant that we al­ways have di­a­logue,” he said.

“Di­a­logue breeds love, unity and peace. If na­tions put di­a­logue in front, we would have no wars, but wars come by be­cause we would have aban­doned di­a­logue.

“Con­flicts, ac­ri­mony be­tween na­tions, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties come by when we aban­don di­a­logue. But char­ity also plays a very im­por­tant part in the lives of peo­ple. Char­ity means you must have the love to as­sist your neigh­bour.

“That again brings about peace. I am not aware in his­tory where peo­ple who en­gaged in char­ity have been de­spised. Peo­ple en­gaged in char­ity are few and very rare to come by when you ac­tu­ally need them.”

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Mat­ter and An­gel of Hope Foun­da­tion showed that there were cor­dial rela- tions be­tween cit­i­zens of the two na­tions de­spite strained po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions.

“We are gath­ered here be­cause of our friends from the USA who love char­ity, who have linked up with the An­gel of Hope here in Zim­babwe led by the First Lady whose mis­sion is char­ity to look af­ter the dis­ad­van­taged in our so­ci­ety,” Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said.

“To you my friends from Amer­ica, I have said this to your am­bas­sador that the or­di­nary Amer­i­can has no is­sues with Zim­bab­weans nor do or­di­nary Zim­bab­weans have an is­sue with the Amer­i­can peo­ple. This is why there is this co­op­er­a­tion, there is this ex­hi­bi­tion of love. Of course, when we go to na­tional in­ter­ests and ide­ol­ogy, this is where there is a stand-off,” he said.

“At the end of the day, I be­lieve that in all th­ese sit­u­a­tions, peace may be slow to take root, peace and love may be slow to gain vic­tory, but it will al­ways gain peace. Love and unity will al­ways gain vic­tory.”

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