The Governor and Resident Minister for Manicaland Province, Cde Chris Mushowe, has commended the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe for his quest for the total emancipation of the people from colonialism.
Speaking at the 21st February Movement celebrations at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare, Cde Mushowe said the nation should be wary of westerners who aim to reverse the gains of independence.
â€œWe are proud land owners and we should not allow neo-colonialists who want to reverse the gains of our independence,â€ he said.
He said Manicaland has vast natural resources which include the Chiadzwa diamonds, the Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant and other economic empowerment projects.
Cde Mushowe further said the people in Manicaland should be the main beneficiaries of the diamonds proceeds, adding that the province is waiting for President Mugabe to launch a Community Ownership Scheme in the province.
Meanwhile, Zanu PF Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Absolom Sikhosana, said Zimbabweans should unite as the nation celebrates the Presidentâ€™s Birthday.
Also speaking during the celebrations, Zanu PF Central Committee member, Cde Mandi Chimene, called on youths to emulate President Mugabeâ€™s stance of safeguarding national resources and sovereignty.
She said Cde Mugabeâ€™s footsteps should be followed by everyone as he is leader who has been with the nation during bad and good times and he is still with the nation fighting for the economic empowerment of the indigenous people.
Cde Chimene added that Zimbabweans should not be fooled by western nations who are only looking to plunder the countryâ€™s resources for their own benefit.
To the youths at primary school, Cde Chimene said: â€œThe President was once young but never dreamt to be a leader. The youths should know that one day they will be leaders also and they should not allow any foreigner to lead them as they are the sons and daughters of the soil.â€
The Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said the day is a time to commemorate the life of President Mugabe and to reflect on the works and achievements he has made for the nation.
He said in line with the theme, â€˜Wealth to the youngâ€™, â€˜Hupfumi kuvadikiâ€™, â€˜Inotho kwabatshaâ€™, the Movement is focused on the youths as their contribution is vital to the national economy and they will be major players in the countryâ€™s future.
Cde Kasukuwere dispelled the notion that the 21st February Movement is a partisan organisation, adding that it focuses on the empowerment of the youths and of the nation.
He hailed the President as a principled leader who continues to fight for the rights of his people as shown by programmes he spearheaded such as the land reform and the indigenisation and empowerment programme.
The youth also applauded Cde Mugabe for introducing various programmes that have empowered youths across the country.
They hailed programmes such as education for all, as well as the indigenisation and empowerment programme which secure the future of youths.