|Mzembi sheds tears over portrait|
|Monday, 21 May 2012 00:10|
Isdore Guvamombe in VICTORIA FALLS
“I was overcome by emotion. I did not expect this. It is monumental! At times I fail to explain to the ordinary person how it feels to serve under a first republican President.
Moments before Minister Mzembi’s incident, Vice President Mujuru who was the Guest of Honour, also received a portrait of Mbuya Nehanda while ATA executive director Mr Edward Bergman was handed a portrait of King Lobengula.
Friends of Joshua Trust chief executive Ms Beverly Pullen said the portraits were part of the exhibitions to be taken to India to sell Zimbabwe’s history to the world.
VP Mujuru said: “Mbuya Nehanda was hanged in 1898 at a famous tree that was recently put down by Harare municipality. She represents the courage we have, the courage that made me at the age of 18 leave my parents for war and prove that there is no difference between a girl and boy child.”
In an interview after receiving the portrait Minister Mzembi said: “Sharing the experience and founding philosophy of the revolution and nationhood was done directly and not read in books. I got it directly from President Mugabe and I still get it. Its different from reading from the books.”
“We live to experience such legacy from founding fathers like Nkwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela, Seretse Khama. It will never be the same experience past these personalities because every presidency has its own legacy and nothing beats that of founding fathers.”