Mukonori, a prominent priest in Zimbabwe, works for the Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa (CPIA). The CPIA is a regional peace organisation based in Harare.It works towards achieving a sustainable stable and peaceful Zimbabwe and Africa at large and is committed to conflict prevention, conflict management, and conflict resolution, ensuring sustainable peace, development and good governance.
“In pursuance of these objectives the CPIA commissioned Father Fidelis Mukonori to write a book entitled – “The Genesis of Violence in Zimbabwe” -,” a spokesman for the CPIA said.
He said the book was being published at the right time when the nation was engaged in a public debate about violence.
“The three principles of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) are on record for proposing joint rallies to denounce violence,” the spokesman said. “Father Fidelis Mukonori S. J. is a renowned man of the cloth who traces the historical origin of violence in Zimbabwe from 1879 to the present.
“In writing his book he targets all Zimbabweans by appealing to everyone to shun violence which has sadly become an accepted culture affecting present day Zimbabwean politics, particularly when the country is facing an election.”
He said Father Mukonori used a biblical term “genesis” defined as a Latin word within the context of “origin or mode of formation of something”.
“He further uses the word genesis as a biblical metaphor to define the historical origins of violence from colonialism to present day Zimbabwe,” he said.
“Father Mukonori’s mission is to remind everyone to respect human dignity by shunning and condemning the occurrence of violence in Zimbabwe”.
The book which costs US$20 a copy has 11 chapters which the author considers as significant in shaping the present day politics in Zimbabwe.
“The book concludes by celebrating Zimbabwean freedom and the promise of happiness which is expressed in the National Anthem,” the spokesman said.
It costs US$20 a copy.
Zimbabwe’s economic and political heavyweights attended the book launch function including Professor George Kahari from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), publicist Etherton Mpisaunga, Senior Journalists and the author, Father Mukonori.