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HARARE-- As Zimbabwe heads towards a general election later this year, President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday urged traditional leaders to propagate the message of peace within their communities.

Officially handing over the second batch of vehicles for traditional chiefs, President Mnangagwa reiterated the commitment of his government to deliver free, fair and credible elections.

Turning to the forthcoming harmonized general elections, I am advised that you, as our community leaders, have an opportunity to interact with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission as regards your parameters and role in the election as envisaged in our Constitution," he said.

"I want to once again assure you that on our part, my administration is ready to deliver a free, fair and credible election. In this regard, we appeal to you to help us preach the gospel of peace, unity, tolerance and love among your communities, even in the run up to these elections. Let the whole country in every corner say, No to violence!."

President Mnangagwa said all citizens should demonstrate that Zimbabwe's democracy had matured. As the election dates draw nearer, the country will receive observers from across the globe to witness our elections. Let us show that Zimbabweans are by nature a warm and hospitable people. Let us all demonstrate that Zimbabwe's democracy has indeed come of age and matured, he said.

Previous elections in Zimbabwe were characterized by intimidation and violence which resulted in disputed outcomes.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over from President Robert Mugabe in November last year following a military intervention, has promised to deliver free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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