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President Mnangagwa confers the Zimbabwe Bravery Awards in the Gold Cross Category posthumously to three people who lost their lives while rescuing people trapped during Cyclone Idai. The medals were received by their widows.
President Mnangagwa also conferred the Zimbabwe Grand Order of Friendship to the Dean of Diplomats Mwanananga Mawapanga.
President Mnangagwa bestows the Zimbabwe Grand Order of Friendship to UN Resident Representative, Bishow Parajuli for his outstanding leadership in response to Cyclone Idai.
12:03 – Provincial ministers of state preside over Heroes Day commemorations in their provinces
12:04 – President Mnangagwa concludes his speech.
12:04 – President confirms having received a phone call from Vice President Constantino Chiwenga this morning. The Vice President is in China where he is receiving treatment.
12: 03 – Cde Mnangagwa says austerity measures taken taken by his government are certainly necessary. “I thus wish to thank all of our people for their resilience and further urge them to bear with us..together with unity of purpose we will succeed.”
11:55 – President Mnangagwa urges Zimbabweans to be brave protectors of the country’s heritage which was bequeathed to them by the illustrious sons and daughters of the soil.
10:21 – President Mnangagwa to preside over the main Heroes Day commemorations.