The visiting Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic President Mr Brahim Ghali says the forthcoming harmonised elections set for the 30th of July are crucial for all progressive people of Zimbabwe to defend the gains of the protracted and hard won independence.

Mr Ghali, accompanied by Acting Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo today toured the National Heroes Acre in Harare to get an insight on the sacrifices made by gallant sons and daughters towards the liberation of the Zimbabwe.

The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic leader was taken around the National Shrine by Resident Curator Rumbidzai Bvira who led him to graves of the late national hero Cde Hebert Chitepo, the first heroine to be buried at the heroes acre Cde Sally Mugabe, the late Vice President Dr Joshua Nkomo among others.

After the tour, President Ghali said he was impressed by the set up at the National Heroes Acre which he described as a rich and historical source guidance which should be guarded jealously for future generations.

On the forthcoming harmonised elections, the Saharawi President implored progressive Zimbabweans to use the plebiscite to defend the gains of the hard won independence against any form aggression.

Mr Ghali is in Zimbabwe on a two day official visit and has already met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to discuss socio-economic and political issues prevailing in the two countries.