unity accord.jpgZimbabweans have been urged to stand united in the face of imperialists who want to regain control of the country and reverse the gains of the Unity Accord.

Speaking during commemorations to mark Unity Day at the Zanu PF provincial headquarters in Bulawayo, Politburo Member, Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu said the imperialists are using divide and rule tactics to regain control of the country’s resources.

He added that the nation needs to stand united and defend the hard won gains of independence.

The Governor of Matabeleland South province, Cde Angeline Masuku who also attended the commemorations said youths should be well-versed in the history of the liberation struggle for them to jealously defend the country’s sovereignty.

Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial chairman, Cde Isaac Dakamela hailed the signing of the Unity Accord in 1987 as a milestone that brought the people of Zimbabwe together.

Meanwhile, people from the Midlands province have described Unity Day commemorations as one of the important dates on the country’s calendar.

They said people should remain united and learn to tackle challenges collectively.

Some people who spoke to ZBC News, commended Zimbabweans for shunning violence and urged them to work towards rebuilding the country’s economy.

Former Midlands Governor, Cde Cephas Msipa said Unity Day is a special day for Zimbabweans as it created a foundation for social cohesion which is essential for nation building and development.

Cde Msipa said although the road to the Unity Accord was not smooth, credit must go to President Robert Mugabe and the late Vice President, Dr Joshua Nkomo, who put aside their differences in the interest of the nation.

The Unity Accord was signed on the 22nd of December, 1987.