Zimbabweans from across the country’s 10 provinces gathered at various venues to celebrate the 38th independence anniversary under the theme: “Zimbabwe @ 38: Socio-Economic Restoration and International Re-engagement”.
In Mashonaland Central, Chipadze stadium in Bindura was the venue for the celebrations where the multitudes were graced by the cordial presence of Mozambique’s Tete Provincial Governor Cde Paulo Aude.
After the traditional formalities were observed and Mashonaland Central Minister of State Advocate Martin Dinha read the presidential speech, various groups drawn from the province displayed their artistry with the uniformed forces being the centre of attraction in their drills.
Guests at the proceedings, Tete Province Governor Aude reiterated the need to accelerate economic cooperation between Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
In the City of Kings, multitudes of Zimbabweans filled up the White City stadium to join the rest of the nation in marking Zimbabwe’s independence.
Official proceedings began with a national anthem which was followed by the inspection of the guard of honour by Minister of State for Bulawayo Cde Angeline Masuku.
Senator Masuku eventually delivered the president’s speech which was preceded by military displays.
Cde Masuku had on Tuesday evening hosted a ball where she highlighted Bulawayo’s success under the new dispensation. The city has entered into several memoranda of understanding with regional organisations for the city’s development agenda.
The minister’s ball which was held concurrently with a fundraising dinner will see proceeds being channeled towards the less-privileged.
The celebrations kicked off with the arrival of the Minister of State in Matabeleland North Ambassador Cain Mathema, shortly after the arrival of service chiefs.
It was then time to sing the national anthem to pave way for Ambassador Mathema to proceed to inspect the parade mounted by the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Zimbabwe National Army and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services.
Ambassador Mathema delivered the presidential speech.
To add colour to the event, poets recited poems related to the country`s independence but a traditional music group ‘Amakhwez`Amnyama’ from Zwangendaba Secondary School stole the show with an imbube meddle borrowed from South African music.
In the Midlands province, independence festivities drew a bumper crowd at Mkoba stadium, in Gweru, the venue for the main celebrations.
The people from Gweru and surrounding areas enjoyed the bright and sunny morning that characterised the city as they wished the country a happy 38th birthday as well as pay tribute to the gallant sons and daughters who sacrificed for the freedom and peace being enjoyed today.
The commemorations kicked off mid-morning with the arrival of the Midlands Minister of State Cde Owen Ncube who conducted the traditional formalities before delivering the president’s speech.
The defence forces, police and Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services provided exciting entertainment and drill displays related to their national duty.
Some of the displays saw part of the eight detachments forming one detachment signifying the unity and harmony in the country and within the security sector.
Mashonaland East joined the rest of the country in commemorating this year’s Independence Day.
Rudhaka stadium was the main venue for this year’s independence celebrations attended by thousands of people.
Some of the people who spoke to ZBC News said they cherish this important day in the country’s history.
The proceedings started with the arrival of Mashonaland East Minister of State Cde David Musabayana who immediately inspected the parade made up of members from the ZNA, ZRP and ZPCS.
Cde Musabayana later read the presidential speech.
Meanwhile, ordinary Zimbabweans have appreciated the sacrifices rendered by freedom fighters to liberate the country from the colonial bondage in light of the social, political and economic gains achieved since the attainment of independence in 1980.
For those who did not manage to be part of the multitudes at the National Sports Stadium, they celebrated Independence Day at different environments yet putting their hearts and mind to remember and pay tribute to the gallant sons and daughters who brought freedom for black majority.
Some expressed confidence in the new leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa that it will revive the economy through the re-engagement process currently underway.
Zimbabwe engaged in a protracted liberation struggle to free itself from the colonial rule of the British and eventually attained independence on the 18th of April 1980.