Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has implored the young generation to take pride in the country’s senior citizens as they are a fountain of knowledge and wisdom which should be tapped into for a better society.

Cde Mphoko was speaking at the national commemorations of the International Day for the Older Persons held at the Gwanda Old People Home today.

He saluted the senior citizens whom he described as fountains of knowledge and wisdom, saying the young generation can learn a lot from their elders.

“The elderly have a critical role to play in building the social and moral fibre of the Zimbabwean society,” further observed Cde Mphoko.

The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Patrick Zhuwawo said the government through the Older Persons Bill is committed to ensuring that the elderly live happily, sentiments which were also echoed by Matabeleland South Provincial Minister of State, Cde Aaron Maboyi Ncube.

In a show of appreciation for the elderly, Cde Mphoko donated 25 boxes of cooking oil, 30 tonnes of rice and 10 bales of clothing.

The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) mobile health clinic was at hand to provide free medical treatment and drugs for the elderly.

The occasion was held under the theme: ‘Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participations of Older Persons in Society.’