Zanu PF National Political Commissar Retired Lieutenant General Engelbert Rugeje said the Heroes Day and Defence Day commemorations will proceed across the country as scheduled   despite a poll petition filed by the opposition against the outcome of the 2018 harmonised elections.

Retired Lieutenant General Rugeje said on Saturday Zimbabweans should celebrate the Heroes and Defence Day holidays next week as nothing has changed in terms of national holidays of the country.

“The Heroes and Defence Forces holidays are still on and we urge all the people to recognise them,” he said.

The party is also praising Zimbabweans for maintaining peace during the just ended harmonised elections, said Retired Lieutenant General Rugeje.

“There is a lot that we need to learn and respect such that these holidays are on,” he said.

The Heroes Day which will be celebrated on Monday the 13th of August is a day that is dedicated towards remembering the role played by the gallant freedom fighters during the liberation war era, while the Defence Forces Day on Tuesday the 14th of August recognises the role being played by the uniformed forces in the development of the country.