PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says a people without a culture have no roots and can be easily persuaded by immoral and alien cultures, he said this at the Culture Week commemorations launch held at Chief Njelele homestead in Gokwe South in the Midlands Province.
It is in the same vein that the country will honour its celebrated heroine, Mbuya Nehanda by unveiling her statue on May 25 as Zimbabwe and Africa commemorate Africa day.
President Mnangagwa said the Second Republic will honour all the country’s heroes who sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence.
The President said culture in its diversity must be celebrated by all Zimbabweans.
“Today, when I went around looking at our traditional cuisine, what we used to eat, this is what people depended on. This is what makes us proud black people.
“For a country to develop, we must be united and follow our tradition which promotes peace and unity. You will not get rabble-rousers here because here we are all bound by the commitment to develop this nation. I saw traditional clothes which demonstrate our people’s creativity. The music, it was so exciting, the traditional dancing was top notch. Indeed we have a rich history, We must always celebrate our culture,” he said.
This year’s Culture week is being held under the theme, “Resilience in safeguarding creativity and cultural diversity.
President Mnangagwa challenged families, communities, and institutions to diligently nurture a society that recognises the rich cultural heritage while also embracing diversity.
“These must be passed on from generation to generation. As one philosopher once said, ‘a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.’ While another said, ‘to know your future, you must know your past.’
The President added that when the country went through successive droughts and natural disasters, he invited traditional leaders to carry traditional ceremonies similar to those which used to take place in the country’s culture.
“We shall continue going to different regions promoting their culture. We are all Zimbabweans in our diversity, let’s us unite,” said the President.
He also urged the cultural creative sector to adapt to the new normal as the fight against the pandemic is not over.
“The information and communication technologies must be harnessed by the sector for the innovative use of various media platforms,” he added.