A 20-member delegation of UK tourists of black extraction have expressed happiness and great surprise on the great strides Zimbabwe is making towards reclaiming its rightful place under the sun following its liberation.
In various testimonies during their visit to Mazowe Children’s Home and the Grace Mugabe Junior and High schools in Mazowe today, the tourists said the country is making great strides despite the sanctions that it has endured in the last two decades.
The group comprising mainly UK born blacks of Caribbean and African descent said the stories written about Zimbabwe do not take into account the progressive work to build the country and its rich cultural heritage.
The tourists said they are impressed by peace and tranquility prevailing in the country, contrary to the negative stories propagated by the western media.
In her welcome remarks, the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe said Zimbabwe is their home and everyone has a role to play on this stage in the world.
She spoke about President Mugabe’s commitment to his country and people and the importance he attaches to education for his people, hence the country’s literacy rate among the best in Africa.
“The negative stories written by detractors to scare away visitors should not be a deterrent as Zimbabwe is a peaceful and God fearing nation,” she said, adding that President Mugabe is a quiet person but resolute when it comes to protecting the interests of his people and land following the expiry of the 10 years moratorium on land.
The First Lady went on to explain the fast track land reform programme and how the foreign hostile media started peddling anti-Zimbabwe sentiments and the regime change agenda.
She also explained how she went on to partake of the land for her charity work and projects to support the children’s home.
She spoke of her trials and tribulations on the path to her dream and how the Chinese came to her assistance after she had been abandoned by a Taiwanese monk with whom she had begun the project.
At the children’s home, Dr Mugabe began with 35 children picked after having been born to unwanted parents, and the home now has 94 children who are brought in from different parts of the Country.
Dr Mugabe added that she is against the concept of chucking out the children when they attain the age of 18, saying that is the time the children need guidance most.
On donour funding, she said, “most charity homes have made mistakes as they are too dependent on donations from Europe yet the country has lots of natural resources which is why the erstwhile colonisers fight Zimbabwe. The first resource is the people who are obsessed with education.”
She also spoke about the junior school donated by the Chinese government, saying it was completed in a record 10 months and that Zimbabweans should emulate the work ethics of the Chinese.
The First Lady said work on the establishment of the Robert Mugabe University in Mazowe is underway to expand the first family’s work in the area.