By Justin Mahlahla
The Second Republic is committed to giving a wholistic account of our country’s long war of liberation, as demonstrated by its recognition of the roles played by previously side-lined individuals despite their areas of weaknesses, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
Addressing the nation during Heroes Day commemorations at the National Heroes Acre this Monday, President Mnangagwa said the Second Republic appreciates the role played by all the country’s citizens in their quest to liberate the country from oppression.
“We are therefore rising to the occasion and recognising other heroes and heroines such as the late Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole and the late Cde James Chikerema for their historical contributions, despite their areas of weaknesses, with regards to the observance of the correct line of the Revolution. For that reason, we now honour them among the list of our national heroes and heroines,” he said.
“We forever remain indebted to all the heroes and heroines of our great country for the freedom, democracy and independence we enjoy to this day. Their sacrifices will never die. Tinovatenda, Siyababonga.”
He said the government is consolidating unity, peace and freedom in fulfilment of the collective aspirations and vision of the country’s heroes and heroines.
“Yester-year gallant men and women selflessly chose to join the liberation struggle against the oppressive colonial white settler regime. Forty-two years after the raising of our sacred National Flag, we remain motivated to ultimately transform Zimbabwe into a modern, industrialised and prosperous society.
“From Plumtree to Mutare, from Zambezi to Limpopo, let us all draw from that rich liberation war heritage and harness our collective energy and skills for a higher quality of life for our people, right from the community level. This is what our heroes envisioned; this is what we are achieving, brick by brick, stone upon stone.
President Mnangagwa said in spite of the various shocks, the economy has transitioned from recovery to a phase of growth, with 4.6% projected economic growth for 2022.
“This trajectory is anchored by the mining, manufacturing, construction and tourism sectors. The onus rests with every individual and corporate to protect our economy from saboteurs and currency manipulators.”
He called upon Zimbabweans to continually strive to produce food and guarantee their dignity as an independent people, adding, “No Zimbabwean should be subjected to abuse and ridicule by subversive NGOs on the pretext of food aid.”
He commended local companies for their commitment to realise targets outlined in the National Development Strategy, saying they have certainly become present day heroes in their own right and a reflection of the development that can be achieved by a people who are united and focused.
“Every Zimbabwean must have access to clean potable water and sanitation. Significant progress is being recorded in the construction of Gwayi-Shangani Dam, Chivhu Dam, Kunzvi and Tuli Manyange Dams, among others. The Presidential Borehole Drilling Scheme, is well under way and will see the drilling of one borehole per village. After all the war of liberation was fought and won in these villages.”
“Guided by our developmental philosophy of “leaving no-one and no place behind” as well as the Devolution Agenda, resources are being disbursed for projects across all Local Authorities. This further unlocks the development potential of our rural areas and creates decent employment and empowerment for our people where they live,” President Mnangagwa said.
He also commended the private sector for heeding his call on the need to take development to the people, which has seen new factories in the rural areas as rural industrialisation is accelerated.