The national independence celebrations in Harare have commenced at the National Sports Stadium.
Chairperson of the Independence Celebrations Organising Committee, Dr Ignatius Chombo said the theme for this year’s celebrations is relevant as the government is working tirelessly to ensure that every Zimbabwean regardless of their political affiliation benefits from the indigenisation policy.
This year’s independence celebrations are being held under the theme: ‘Indigenisation and empowerment for social and economic transformation.’
Dr Chombo who was speaking during the 32nd independence celebrations said: “Indigenisation is for every Zimbabwean. We are happy that we have President Mugabe who is a visionary leader. He puts people first and him last. We are lucky to have such a leader.
“President Mugabe began with the Look East Policy and now he is focusing on empowering the indigenous people.”
Dr Chombo also hailed the computerisation programme which is being spearheaded by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Mugabe.
Also speaking during the independence celebrations the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation, and Empowerment Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said Zimbabweans should not allow foreigners to control their economy.
He said: “We should not be told what to do or allow the foreigners to control our economy which we fought for during the liberation struggle.”
Cde Kasukuwere added that the government has set aside funds which will assist the youths, women and the disadvantaged in their projects, hence empowering them, adding that the thrust of the indigenisation and empowerment drive is to put Zimbabweans at the centre of economic control.
He also said although enemies continue to put pressure to undermine the noble course of the country’s struggle, the nation has made progress in asserting its economic, social and human rights.
Cde Kasukuwere added that the indigenisation programme also aims to ensure that women, youths, the disabled and disadvantaged are equipped with the funding and necessary skills to capacitate them to run their own projects.