LEAD Zimbabwe — a Christian organisation — has organised a high-profile meeting involving leaders in Government, business and the church to discuss issues affecting Zimbabwe. The meeting will be held on November 9 and 10 at the Borrowdale Community Church in Harare. Lead Zimbabwe chairman Mr Doug Mamvura said the meeting was organised in conjunction with Faith Ministries, Heads of Christian Denominations and Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, Kairos Leadership Development and the Sapes Trust. He said stakeholders at the conference would discuss challenges facing Zimbabwe such as corruption, politics, and homosexuality, among other issues.
Mr Mamvura said the purpose of the meeting was to inspire and encourage Zimbabweans at leadership level.
“The objective is to bring all leadership stakeholders together and discuss challenges affecting our nation.
“It is in the Bible in the book of Proverbs 14:34 where it is written that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people,” he said.
Mr Mamvura said they wanted the voice of the church to be heard in all national issues. He said it was important that as a nation people work together towards a common objective.
Mr Mamvura said the conference would give a rare insight into some of the policies being pursued by both political and business leaders and an opportunity for the church to interrogate them.
He said plans were under way to make the conference a national event. Several senior Government officials were invited to the inaugural meeting to share their views on Zimbabwe’s political situation.
Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara and Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Information, Communication and Technology Minister Nelson Chamisa and Regional and International Co-operation Minister Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga are some of the notable Government officials who would grace the conference.
Political analyst Dr Ibbo Mandaza would also partner in discussing the political situation and providing a historical perspective.
In a Press statement, the conference host and moderator, Dr Shingi Munyeza, said: “We are very excited about the convergence of the church (from different denominations), Government leaders (from different political parties) and captains of industry (from different sectors) coming together to talk about the future of our country.”
The conference would also focus on economic issues with a number of renowned business leaders expected to participate.
Some of the business leaders who will attend the conference are Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries president Kumbirayi Katsande, Kingdom Bank founder Nigel Chanakira, lawyer and businesswoman Mrs Florence Ziumbe, NicozDiamond chief executive Mrs Grace Muradzikwa and Dairibord Holdings chief executive Mr Antony Mandiwanza.
Lead Zimbabwe is a Christian initiative aimed at bringing key stakeholders together to discuss issues central to the country’s socio, economic and political development. The 2012 conference was designed to give leaders from various sectors of the society a platform to discuss issues that will bring desired transformation in Zimbabwe.