Bulawayo joins the rest of the nation in celebrating the country’s independence tomorrow with the resident minister for the city, Senator Angeline Masuku saying the City of Kings marks the important day with renewed hope of economic revival.

The recent acquisition of locomotives on a lease agreement by the National Railways of Zimbabwe from the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group and Transnet Group gave some new hope to Bulawayo with the parastatal witnessing increased revenue by around $1.2 million a month.

In a telephone interview with ZBC News on the eve of the independence day celebrations, Cde Masuku said NRZ revival efforts and the current work in progress at the Egodini Mall are some of the works carried out under the new dispensation and are testimony that this year’s celebrations are special.

“We are witnessing something refreshing going on in our industry. These celebrations come on the back of a Bulawayo where people are now working together as one in the past four months. We are already seeing signs of improvement at railways following the commissioning of the wagons by the President. The Egodini project is another area where work is already underway. National Blankets is another site where things are happening,” she said.

Senator Masuku confirmed that her office has since sent some invites to several opposition political parties based in the province for the national celebrations saying the programme is not a party event and as such every Zimbabwean has a right to attend.