By ZBC Reporters
The country’s attention has once again been drawn to the significance of unity in national development as Zimbabweans celebrate the 34th anniversary of Unity Day.
As the nation reflects on the historic unity accord signed between country’s leading nationalist movements ZANU PF and PF ZAPU on the 22nd of December in 1987, the political leadership in Bulawayo feels the country is indebted to basic tenets of the agreement.
“Unity Day reminds us of the unity accord which was signed in 1987. It is important for us as a nation to uphold the values of the unity accord so that future generations understand the importance of the day which brought about development and peace,” Zanu PF politburo member Colonel (Retired) Tshinga Dube said.
Zanu PF Politburo member Cde Angeline Masuku noted: “Unity Day is a day that brought about happiness and development to the nation, hence it is of paramount importance that we teach young people about the importance of safeguarding the gains that we enjoy today because of the Unity Accord.”
Brigadier General (Retired) Abel Mazinyane also weighed in: “Unity Day is important because it brought the people of Zimbabwe together. It is a day that provides the nation an opportunity to re-affirm its commitment to preaching the gospel of peace and unity.”
Meanwhile in Harare, this year’s Unity Day offered the general public an opportunity to take stock of the benefits of the historic Unity accord.
“It’s a day that we have to embrace and look at the achievement that have come from the harmony between various tribes,” a resident of the capital said.
Some took the day to bond with family in the comfort of their homes while others engaged in outdoor activities.
For Matabeleland South, the province that gave birth to one of the signatories of the Unity Accord, the late Father Zimbabwe Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, the prevailing unity, peace and tranquility in the country dovetails with the development trajectory being undertaken by the Second Republic.
“This day is so important to us because it gave birth to development that we are seeing here. We thank our leaders for the unity and peace that prevails in the country, there is no Shona nor Ndebele nor Sotho. We mine together and there is co-existence,” a resident said.
Another noted: “As you can see this place some come from as far as Masvingo there is a lot of intermarriages and we forgot ethnicity.”
In the Midland province, traditional leaders and people in mining communities took time to reflect on the importance of Unity Day, which culminated in progressive forces joining hands for meaningful development under a peaceful environment.
Chief Bvute said: “Ilanga leUnity Day siyaliqakathekisa ngoba lisenza senelise ukukhokhela abantu ababambeneyo.”
This Wednesday marked the 34th anniversary of the Unity Accord signed by the late former President Robert Mugabe and the late Father Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Nkomo in 1987.