Independence preparations for this year’s celebrations are at an advanced stage as the country counts down to celebrate the day under the new political dispensation for the first time.
When the ZBC News visited the venue for the main celebrations, school children and their teachers were busy rehearsing their mass displays and drummies while members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces with their aircrafts were also doing helicopter drills.
On Wednesday, Zimbabwe will celebrate its 38th independence anniversary as people from all walks of life are expected to fill in the giant National Sports Stadium.
Thousands of people will be giving thumps up to the new dispensation remembering the day the country got total emancipation.
Addressing stakeholders on the state of preparedness of the Independence Day celebrations, the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Cde Miriam Chikukwa said there is need for security services to make sure that peace prevails during and after the event.
“We managed to allocate 10 buses for Harare and 5 buses for Bulawayo as well as one bus each for the rest of other provinces to ferry people to come and celebrate the Independence Day in the capital,” she said.
Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs Minister Cde David Musabayana highlighted that his province is ready for this year’s independence.
Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera is the venue for the Independence Day celebrations and rehearsals were in full swing when the ZBC News visited.
Marondera Municipality workers were also busy making sure the place is ready while the department of public works has already started putting up tents and stages.
Cde Musabayana said the people of Mashonaland East hold dear the Independence Day celebrations as they bear testimony of the brunt of the liberation struggle.
“Mashonaland East because of its border with Mozambique suffered a lot from the Rhodesian forces as it was the gateway to the battlefront therefore the people of this province have every reason to celebrate this important day,” he said.
It promises to be an entertainment filled day were various musical groups among them Faheem Somanje and Somanje Stars will perform.
Apart from the main centre at Rudhaka Stadium and nine district centres there are also 370 other centres at ward level.
Also, the Midlands Province has stepped up preparations for the 38th Independence Day celebrations to be held at Mkoba Stadium in Gweru with the public appealing to the defence forces to come up with new and exciting drill displays while others implored the new government to prioritise the revival of industries thus creating the much needed employment.
It was a hive of activity at Mkoba Stadium the venue for the main independence commemorations in the Midlands Province as the defence forces and members of the Joint Operation Command were making their final rehearsals for the big day under the watchful eye of the Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Owen Ncube.
Commander 5 Brigade, Brigadier General Siom Maseko said the province is ready to host the independence celebrations and urged the people to come in their numbers to celebrate the big day.
Meanwhile, the children’s party at the City Sports Centre in the capital precedes the independence celebrations at the National Sports Stadium on Wednesday.
This year’s Independence Day celebrations are being held for the first time under a new government which is focusing on economic revival and re-engagement with those that had parted ways with Zimbabwe for the past two decades over land redistribution.
This year’s independence theme is: ‘Zimbabwe at 38: Social Economic Restoration and International Re-engagement”.