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1330: National Anthem signals the end of proceedings at the National Heroes Acre.

1310: In Matabeleland South, Minister of Sate Cde Abednico Ncube lays wreaths on the grave of his wife Tracey who is buried at the Gwanda provincial heroes’ shrine.

1305: Laying of wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

1250: Entertainment from Chitungwiza Harmony Singers.

1248: President Mugabe ends his address with the call for peace….”Peace begins with me, peace begins with you and peace beings with all of us”

1244: Cde Mugabe condemned the incident in which some soldiers went into the streets and had skirmishes with the police. He said he spoke to the security chiefs to ensure that such an incident does not occur in future.

1242: President Mugabe said: “As we prepare for the 2018 elections we need peace in the  Zanu PF party, peace with the other parties, if there is peace every, sector can go about their tasks peacefully. He thanked the security forces for ensuring peace in the country.

1238: President Mugabe express shock at the sudden death of Cde Shuvai Mahofa, Masvingo Minister of State. He says he got the news early in the morning from Cde Happyton Bonyongwe, the Director General of the Central Intelligence Organisation. President Mugabe says he was astonished to learn of Cde Mahofa’s demise, saying at the last politburo, as he always does, he asked Mai Mahofa how she was feeling now ….

1235: He however, took a swipe at those who post lies on the internet about the country saying people are being put in detentions, saying it is particularly the opposition does that. “Zvivi zve technology, cyber crime,” he says government is looking to address that.

1230: At independence, government pronounced that all children must go to school and go up as high as they could, says President Mugabe. Education continues to development in terms of technology, hence the reason why he launched the schools computerisation programmes to enhance the knowledge base…..”you can now use the internet to obtain knowledge…..,” he says. For example if you want to know kuti Robert Mugabe ndiani, akazvarwa rinhi unozviwana pa interrnet….Europe yakamira sei…Bair iyeyu akazvarwa rinhi akadzidza kupi….unozviwana zvakare, he added.

1224: The President urged Zimbabweans to pose and draw inspiration from the heroes lying at the various shrines, consider the sacrifices these men and women made. He speaks about how blacks were discriminated against during colonialism where all men were called “boys” and where blacks could not buy items from certain shops or build a house in areas like Borrowdale or Highlands. “Taivakirwa KuMbare sezvo vaida cheap labour, tichigara semabhachura…..”. Blacks residential areas like Highfield, Mbare and Chitungwiza were build far away from the city.

Meanwhile, In Bulawayo province people have gathered at Nkulumane Heroes shrine for this year celebrations. There are 811 heroes and heroines, 33 of them heroines. The Bulawayo commemorations are being presided over by the Minister of State for Bulawayo Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo The proceedings started with the Minister’s inspection of quarter guard mounted by ZNA before she joined multitudes of people who include families of heroes and heroines who are buried at the shrine.

1220: The President called for more comprehensive research about the country’s heroes. He also appealed for assistance to children and families left by the departed heroes, including assistance to families and war veterans still alive. Cde Mugabe calls for the creation of a fund to assist the war veterans families, both departed and alive. He say Finance and Economic Development Minister Cde Patrick Chimanasa has a lot on his plate that requires funding in terms of all government programmes.

1218: President Mugabe speaks on the death sentence, saying government is considering the issue, on whether to abolish it or keep it. He mentions that Vice President Mnangagwa who is the Minister responsible for Justice is saying let us abolish it.

1215: Meanwhile, Zanu PF consoles Mahofa family…. Zanu PF national spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo says the party has learnt with a deep sense of shock and sorrow of the death of Minister of State for Masvingo Cde Shuvai Mahofa. Speaking on the sidelines of commemorations to mark Heroes Day at the national shrine in Harare Cde Khaya Moyo described Cde Mahofa as an exceptional breed of a party cadre who served the revolutionary party so diligently and faithfully till her demise. “A long serving member of parliament for Gutu South, Cde Mahofa was not well for some time but she continued in her quest to bring development to Masvingo province through various programmes,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.

 

1211: Updates from Manicaland: Proceedings to commemorate the Heroes Day celebrations in Manicaland started upon the arrival of the Minister of State Cde Mandi Chimene and service chiefs. She immediately inspected a quarter guard.Cde Chimene later read the Presidential speech and called for Zimbabweans to draw lessons from all the departed former freedom fighters. In an interview families of the departed heroes and heroines appreciated the immeasurable contributions made by fallen and living freedom fighters. Cde Chimene later led the delegation in laying writs at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. She later took time to meet families of departed heroes and heroines interred at Manicaland Provincial Heroes Acre.

1207: President Mugabe reiterated the need to remain united on principles on which national unity is based on…”tinoda kuti tirambe takabatana…”

1203: President Mugabe says “Nyika yakauya neropa…”. The Tsvangirais should know that. The Heroes Acre is for those who paid the supreme sacrifice. If we are to bury the likes of Tsvangirai here…”tinoti vakaitei chingaita kuti varadzikwe pano…..iko kuvamba MDC ndiko kounza munhu pano? Hongu pane kuwana ivhu nderedu tose, vakatengesa nevasina kutengesa, vakaenda kuhondo nevasina vanekodzero yekuwana ivhu.

1159: In the civil service at independence we wanted to count how many whites we had there but before we could do that, “vakangoti pfochopfocho kutiza”…..he says fortunately, blacks who had been educated saved the day and filled the posts left vacant by the whites.

1155: Back to the national shrine, President Mugabe takes a swipe at former white commercial farmers who are coming back saying we left our equipment. He also blasted blacks who are now leasing farms to whites, defeating the purpose of the Land Reform Programme. Say we never chased away whites from this country but….ivo vangoti pfochopfocho kutiza…… President Mugabe says but they are now slowly trying to come back.

 

Update from Matabeleland North: Heads of government departments, Zanu PF leadership and the local community attending the Heroes Day commemorations. Zanu PF central committee member Cde Sikhanyisiwe Mpofu has arrived accompanied by members of the Zanu national youth executive Cde Elizabeth Masuku. Minister of State Ambassador Cain Ginyilitshe Ndabazekhaya Mathema has arrived and inspected the quarter guard mounted by the Zimbabwe National Army. It is now time for the singing of the national anthem and devotions. The province has observed a minute of silence in memory of the sons and daughters buried at the provincial shrine.Ambassador Mathema is now reading the Presidential speech. Before reading the speech he expressed gratitude to President Robert Mugabe for the works on the construction of the Gwayi Shangani Dam. The contractor has been working for the past two months
In Matabeleland South, the Minister of State Cde Abednico Ncube inspects guard of honour.

ZPCS choir entertains the crowd at Gwanda Provincial Heroes Acre

1142: During liberation struggle we also had teachers who were tasked with the duty of teaching children who were in camps in Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania. These children had crossed out of the country but were young enough to train as guerrillas.

1139: “Munguva yehondo vabereki vaishushwa, vachigugudzirwa mudzimba vachinzi vana venyu varikutiza zvikoro vachitizira kunze kwenyika. Saka vadzvinyiriri vakazoti ngativavakirei matanga semombe, ainzi ma keeps. Asi zvose izvi hazvina kubatsira. Vamwe vaivekunze vaiiswa muma detention centres, vamwe vaikandwa mumapako, nanhasi uno hatirikuvaona.

1136: Cde Mugabe says the national shrine and other shrines across the country is meant to institutionalise our heroes memories. Urged people to remember the heroes everyday. Says thousands were massacred at Nyadzonya, Tembwe, Chimoio and other many places.

1134: President Mugabe says Heroes Day is meant to pay tribute to all heroes wherever they lie, says people are gathering in all the provinces across the country. “Our heroes were the best of our nation at a difficult period who deserve recognition and respect in a very special way as we celebrate their sacrifice to serve their people…”

1131: President Mugabe takes to the podium, mentions that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in Johannesburg getting medical attention at a hospital there, and he is not back yet.

1129: Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo takes to the podium and explains why people are gathering at the National Heroes Acre and provincial shrines today. Dr Chombo then invites President Mugabe to give his keynote address.

1124: National Heroes Acre filled to capacity.

 

 

1121: Back to the National Shrine, Father Mukonori has finished praying, and it time for entertainment from Vabvuwi.

Heroes Day Celebrations in Domboshava

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Heroes Day Celebrations in Domboshava

1111: At the National Shrine, Father Fidel Mukonori, the Minister of Religion gives the opening prayer. Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo the Director of Ceremony.

1105: In Matabeleland North, people have gathered at the Lupane Provincial Heroes Acre for the Heroes Day Commemorations

Mbube group finishes entertaining people at Lupane Provincial Heroes Acre

1100: President Robert Mugabe arrives at the National Shrine to signify the start of the official programme, and immediately the National Anthem is played and a fly past is observed from the sky.

1055: Arrival of Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko at the National Heroes Acre.

1045: It is 25 years after the death of Cde Sally Mugabe.

The grave of the late Cde Sally Mugabe at the National Heroes Acre

1036: Meanwhile, following the untimely death of Masvingo Minister of State Cde Shuvai Mahofa early this morning, Cde Josiah Hungwe (Politburo member and Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education) will now preside over the Masvingo provincial Heroes Day commemorations and will deliver the President’ speech.

1025: ZBC ready to beam the proceedings live on Radio and TV.

1000: In Manicaland, families of departed provincial heroes and heroines have gathered at the Manicaland Provincial Heroes Acre to commemorate Heroes Day. 273 heroes and heroines have been laid to rest at the provincial shrine. The official programme will kick off soon after the arrival of Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Mandi Chimene and service chiefs.

Manicaland Provincial Heroes Acre

The grave of the late General Solomon Mujuru

 

The grave of the late Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo

The grave of the late Cde George Silundika

0955: Today 14 August 2017, Zimbabwe marks Heroes Day. This is a day set aside to remember and cherish the sacrifices made by the nation’s gallant sons and daughters, both living and departed, to ensure Zimbabwe was freed from the shackles of colonialism. ZBC News Online welcomes you to live updates from the National Heroes Acre as well as from provincial shrines across the country.