President pays tribute to heroes, heroines

By ZBC Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has paid tribute to the country’s liberation heroes and heroines for sacrificing their lives to ensure the country attained independence.
In his speech on the occasion of the e-gala held in Harare last night to mark the commemoration of the country’s 40th independence, heroes and Zimbabwe Defences Forces days, President Mnangagwa also praised the country’s Defence forces for guaranteeing peace, security and stability in the country.
“As it was in the days of the liberation struggle, music and the creative arts, play a critical role in expressing our present dreams and aspirations for the future, hence this historic e-gala. I know that we had planned for jubilant and extravagant celebrations. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has seen us adjust our plans. Most of us would have wanted to celebrate this historic milestone side by side with our artistes, friends, and family but this will not be possible.
“For now, let us enjoy the rich creativity of our artistes from the comfort of our homes. Time shall come where we will celebrate physically together,” said President Mnangagwa.
He paid tribute to the gallant heroes who waged war of liberation which saw Zimbabwe attaining independence in April 1980.
“We are forever grateful to our living and departed heroes and heroines who paid the supreme sacrifice to bring about the freedom, sovereignty and self-determination we are enjoying to this day. Some are laid at the National Shrine as well as at provincial and district heroes acres throughout the country. We pay homage to those who lie in marked graves and unmarked graves in Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Angola, Botswana and here in Zimbabwe,” said the President.
He said as it was in the days of the liberation struggle, music and the creative arts play a critical role in expressing people’s dreams and aspirations for the future, hence the historic e-gala.
Cde Mnangagwa said government had planned for jubilant celebrations, but had to adjust its plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President also commended Zimbabweans for being law abiding and peace-loving people as the nation instituted a national lockdown to curb the spread of the pandemic.