Peace and reconciliation message spreads

MISA-Zimbabwe in partnership with Artists for Democracy Trust Zimbabwe (ADTZ), Savanna Trust and Nhasimangwana took the national arts and journalistic caravan to Hwange in Matabeleland North province on 29 November 2008 as the message exhorting Zimbabweans to live in peace and harmony spreads throughout the country

A line up of artists took to the stage at Lwendulu Hall belting
messages of peace and tolerance irrespective of one's political
affiliation, race, religion, ethnicity and creed. The artists included
Dragline Arts, a theatre theatre group, Jahunda Theatre group,
Mambokadzi, Magesh Tornadoes, Ammafunny Groovers, Coalminers Band,
Madiz, and Sniper.

An estimated 1 000 people attended the concert as the artists exhorted
the Hwange community to value peaceful co-existence and the sanctity of
human life.  .

The Hwange concert was a sequel to a similar one held at Beit Hall in
Mutare's suburb of Sakubva which attracted an estimated 2 000 people.
The campaign's main thrust is to promote a culture of tolerance in the
aftermath of the political violence which rocked Zimbabwe in the period
preceding the 27 June 2008 presidential election runoff.

In Mutare, MISA-Zimbabwe Advocacy Officer Tabani Moyo urged residents
to shun political violence. The media, he said, also had the ethical
responsibility of promoting peace and tolerance in their reportage.

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