AFRICANGLOBE – Politicians who were at the Zimbabwe’s National Sports Stadium for the country’s independence celebrations say Zimbabweans have reason to celebrate as the 33rd Uhuru anniversary has come at a time land and mineral wealth have been given to the majority.
Chairman of the independence organising taskforce, Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo said Zimbabweans have much to celebrate as President Robert Mugabe’s government has moved from political freedom to economic emancipation for everyone without discrimination.
He said this year’s independence is unique in that it comes at a time when land and minerals have permanently been given to Zimbabweans.
Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo said independence is an exciting day when Zimbabweans should remember and reflect on the country’s white past.
Zanu PF National Secretary for Security, who is Minister of State Security, Cde Sydney Sekeramayi said while freedom fighters played a crucial role that brought about political freedom, the war which remains is for economic emancipation in the face of illegal European sanctions.
Zanu PF member Cde Walter Mzembi applauded the call for peace and the anti-violence stance taken by President Robert Mugabe saying this is a unifying statement which every Zimbabwean must fully embrace.
The government has rolled out the indigenisation and economic empowerment policy to address economic imbalances created by skewed colonial policies which saw Zimbabweans being marginalised for 90 years.
Meanwhile, people who attended the 33rd independence celebrations at the National Sports Stadium have commended the government for availing opportunities to previously marginalised people.
They said the massive gathering at the stadium is testimony that Zimbabweans value their independence.
Some said they are excited that the nation has come of age and called for the government to continue with its empowerment drive for the benefit of ordinary Zimbabweans.
This year the independence celebrations were held under the theme: “Peace, Prosperity and Economic Empowerment for National Development.”