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12:30 –  BACK AT THE NATIONAL SHRINE:

President Mnangagwa also conferred the Jairosi Jiri Humanitarian Award to individuals who provided assistance and support to Cyclone hit villagers in Chipinge and Chimanimani. Those conferred with the award include: Dzingie Augastine, Dilloon Plaxedes, Sithole Tichaona, Chinamira Bongai, Wonderful Zikhalo, Chirara Gloria, Joshua Sacco, Chitopo Tendai, Chimupini Douglas, Murata Professor (17 years), Masaiti Farai, Masaiti Peter and Tasiyana Eliphas.

 

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.

 

Chipinge Heroes Commemorations: Guest of Honour from Mozambique, Francisco Samuel (Missurize District Administrator) says Mozambique and Zimbabwe share a rich history that dates back to the war of liberation, hence their visit to celebrate Heroes Day. He urges the country to unite and shun divisive behaviour if the country is to achieve economy growth.

ELSEWHERE:

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.”

11:59 – “Lets dedicate ourselves to peace as violence, tribalism, regionalism and corruption must be rejected and has no space in the new Zimbabwe” President Mnangagwa.11:55 – “Government will ensure that women, children and the disabled are well catered for at all times” President Mnangagwa.

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.

11:53 – The President says his government has started implementing the devolution policy but reminds the nation that in the quest for devolution, ‘Zimbabwe remains a unitary state, full stop…………..We will protect constitutionally enshrined rights. The enjoyment of such rights is not absolute.
11:50 – PRESIDENT: “ZUPCO buses would continue to be rolled out for the easy movement of the people. The programme is now being rolled out in rural areas.”
11:49 – The President says he is happy to note that road construction projects across the country are steadily progressing.
11:48 – President Mnangagwa says the re-engagement programme is yielding notable results. He adds that the land reform is there forever and that will never change.
11:37 – President Mnangagwa says the nation should always pay homage to the heroes and heroines (both fallen and living) of the country. ”This is a solemn day when we remember the illustrious sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who made the ultimate sacrifice” President Mnangagwa.
11:32 – After the sharing of a word from a Minister of Religion, The Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Ambassador Cain Mathema now invites President Mnangagwa to address the gathering.
ELSEWHERE: 11:10: Commemorations of the day underway in other provinces.
11:01 – President Mnangagwa arrives to a rousing welcome
10:40 – Thousands of people from all walks of life including service chiefs, diplomats, Government Ministers, Zanu PF supporters are gathered at the National Heroes Acre
10:50 – Vice President Mohadi has arrived.

10:21 – President Mnangagwa to preside over the main Heroes Day commemorations.

10: 00 – Today, we pay tribute to the heroes and heroines of the nation, who sacrificed to liberate Zimbabwe. The main commemorations will be held at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.