Bulawayo to host 42nd independence celebrations

By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor

The country’s 42nd independence celebrations will be held in Bulawayo, with more than 500 learners expected to grace the Children’s Party, Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu revealed in a Post Cabinet Media Briefing this Wednesday.

“Cabinet reports that the 2022 Children’s Party and the 42nd Anniversary Independence Day celebrations will, for the first time in the history of the nation, be held in Bulawayo on the 17 and 18 April, 2022, under the theme: “Zim@42-Leaving no one and no place behind”. This is in line with the Second Republic’s drive towards the promotion of national unity, devolution and decentralization,” Hon. Ndhlovu said.

He added: “The 2022 Children’s party will be attended by 540 learners drawn from the country’s ten province. In an effort to expose the learners to the country’s history and heritage, the learners drawn from the provinces will visit the following places in and around Bulawayo: Matopos; Bulawayo Museum; Chipangali Orphanage and Chabalala Sanctuary. His Exellency the President will grace the soccer match between Highlanders and Dynamos Football Clubs and handover the Presidential Independence Day Trophy to the winner.”

Modalities have also been put in place for a national Covid-19 vaccination blitz, which will start on Monday next week.

“Regarding the national vaccination programme, Cabinet wishes to inform the public that, as at 15 March, 2022, a total of 4 401 450 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had been administered, while 3 426 112 people had received their second dose. A total of 159 628 third doses have been administered to date. The national vaccination blitz/campaign will kick off on Monday, 21 March, 2022 and government is urging those that have not yet been vaccinated to take advantage of this exercise,” he said.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Dr Fredrick Shava confirmed that the country sealed a number of investment deals at the Expo 2020 Dubai.

“The whole point is to expose possibilities of doing business between Zimbabwe and other countries. We have generated sufficient business with UAE of about US$1.6 billion, this makes the UAE second to SA as a trading partner,” he said.

The Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Honourable July Moyo warned schools against forcing parents to pay fees in foreign currency.

“We have noted that schools are demanding teachers to be paid incentives in foreign currency, it is not allowed. Measures will be taken.”

Cabinet also deliberated on the President’s trip to Kenya under the Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation and his visit to the United Arab Emirates for the Zimbabwe National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai.