As Angola celebrates 42 years of its independence on the 11th of this month, the Angolan government said they have finally buried memories of war and their focus is now on ensuring good governance which promotes development.

On the 11th of November every year Angolans celebrate their independence from Portuguese colonial rule and this year’s celebrations comes at the backdrop of harmonised elections which saw Dr João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço being elected the president of Angola.

Speaking at the 42nd anniversary celebrations of Angola’s independence held by their embassy in the capital, Angolan Ambassador to Zimbabwe Pedro Hendrik Vaal Neto said their government is working towards ensuring economic development by giving more attention to agriculture and manufacturing.

Acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe said people of Angola should continue safeguarding jealously their hard-won independence as it did not come on a silver platter.

He said Zimbabwe is ready to partner Angola in economic development programmes that benefit the two countries.

The Angolan war of independence began as an uprising against forced cotton cultivation in 1961 and became a multi-faction struggle.

This war formally came to an end in January 1975 and a civil war erupted which lasted for 27 years.