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President pledges to support culture and creative arts

Story by Josephine Mugiyo

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says government will continue to create an environment that supports the country’s culture and creative economy. 

The President said this as when he officially launched the National Culture Month in Binga this Saturday.

Zimbabwe has a rich cultural heritage, and the cultural month commemorations launch saw some of that heritage being displayed in Binga this Saturday.

Apart from the ornaments that were on show for the thousands of people including President Mnangagwa to see, some brought the audiences closer to their world through dance and song.

As he emphasised the importance of preserving the national heritage of the different tribes, President Mnangagwa also re-affirmed government’s support in ensuring a viable arts and cultural sector.

“Sculptures and visual arts are mirrors of our society and how as Africans we imagine our world and environment. Similarly, our films should depict the rich and resilient aspects of our African nature, told in our narratives. On its part, my government will continue to create an environment that supports our culture and creative economy. There must be economic viability for those involved in traditional dances,” said the President.

President Mnangagwa also expressed gratitude to the European Union for supporting the cultural month celebrations.

“Zimbabwe is grateful for the support from the European Union for these culture month celebrations. The presence of the EU ambassador here in Binga is a welcome development. Under the Second Republic, we are leaving no one behind.”

Even as the nation celebrates culture month the head of state continues to call on the country’s citizens to uphold Ubuntu and be bound by love and tolerance.

“As we celebrate the culture month, I challenge citizens of our country to revisit and Live within our cultural values of integrity, love, dignity, hard, honest work, tolerance, respect and discipline, safeguarding our culture that requires that we uphold Ubuntu/ Hunhu in order to deal with vices and societal challenges that are negatively affecting our youth,” he said.

The culture month launch brought together various groups from across the country.

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