We publish below President Mnangagwa‘s message on the 18th anniversary of the passing on of the late Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr Simon Vengai Muzenda.
“Our Nation this week, commemorates the 18” Anniversary of the death of veteran freedom fighter and nationalist, our country’s first Deputy Prime Minister and late Vice President, Dr Simon Vengai Muzenda.
Revered as the “Soul of the Nation”, this characterisation of our liberation stalwart, should serve as a constant reminder to all of us to continue focusing our energies and efforts towards the maintenance of everlasting unity and peace in our country.
A respected politician among his contemporaries, Dr Mzee, as he was affectionately called, never relented in fighting colonial subjugation or racial discrimination wherever it manifested. He would not hesitate to rebuke and speak against those who sought to perpetuate this backward, retrogressive and divisive colonial legacy.
Zimbabweans should take a leaf from the life of this humble patriot who played numerous roles, before and after our Independence in 1980, that included nation building, socio-economic transformation programmes, and international relations. Our youths especially, should embrace the values he exuded and espoused so that they too can play leading roles in our communities as change agents for the attainment of our Vision 2030 of an empowered, knowledge and technology-driven upper middle-income society.
May the spirit of “VaMuzenda, Soul of the Nation’, rest in eternal peace.
Long live our Unity, Peace and Freedom!
Long live Zimbabwe!”