By Sifiso Sibanda
THE people of Bulawayo are ecstatic about hosting this year’s independence celebrations, which will be held at Barbour fields stadium on Monday.
The 18th of April in 1980 was a memorable day as the Union Jack was lowered, while the Zimbabwe flag was raised in Harare.
From then on, the main independence celebrations have not been staged at any other venue outside the capital.
Fast forward to 2022, the new dispensation has resolved to decentralise national events starting with the Uhuru celebrations which will be held in the country’s second largest city of Bulawayo, much to the delight of residents.
One resident said, “We are so excited that we will be with the president on independence.”
Another resident affirmed that, “This is good as it confirms the devolution approach by government.”
“It promising to be a good day and also every time the president comes there are a lot of spinoff benefits for the city especially the sprucing up of roads and the stadium as well as business in general,” said a resident.
Barbour fields Stadium is the venue for the independence celebrations and scores of Zimbabweans are expected to grace the event, which will also see the country’s biggest football clubs, Highlanders and Dynamos clashing in the Uhuru Cup.