bob arrival.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe and his delegation have returned home from Mozambique where they attended that country’s 35th independence celebrations.
 
President Mugabe was received at the Harare International Airport by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, Service Chiefs and other senior government officials.

 

Cde. Mugabe said his visit to Mozambique was in solidarity with the people of that country who fought alongside Zimbabwe to liberate the black majority from the yoke of colonial bondage.   

 

In Mozambique, celebrations started at Mozambique heroes square in Maputo, with host president Armando Guebuza laying the wreath on Samora Machels grave.

 

President Mugabe also laid a wreath on Cde. Machel’s tomb in honour of the revolutionary who died in a mysterious plane crash on the borders of the then apartheid South Africa and Mozambique in 1986  and was laid to rest at the shrine where other revolutionaries like Edwardo Mondhlane are buried.
 
The main celebrations were then held at the Independence Square in Maputo where President Guebuza lit the unity torch.
 
Former Heads of State and Government ; Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia spoke of the need to defend the legacy left the by such revolutionaries as Cde.  Machel and others who sacrificed their lives to liberate Africa as a whole.