Thousands mark Uhuru

Part of the capacity crowd that thronged the National Sports Stadium for celebrations to mark Zimbabwe’s 37th Independence anniversary in Harare yesterday. — (Picture by Wilson Kakurira)

Part of the capacity crowd that thronged the National Sports Stadium for celebrations to mark Zimbabwe’s 37th Independence anniversary in Harare yesterday. — (Picture by Wilson Kakurira)

Herald Reporters —
Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans countrywide yesterday gathered at different centres to celebrate 37 years of Independence, while President Mugabe presided over the main event at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

In Harare, Cabinet ministers and foreign diplomats attended the celebrations marked by entertainment from members of the Defence Forces, drum majorettes, top musicians and a scintillating soccer match between Dynamos and Highlanders.

The celebrations were replicated in other provinces and districts where Provincial ministers and senior civil servants read President Mugabe’s speech.

Play the video below for President Mugabe’s speech

In Chinhoyi (Mashonaland West), thousands of people gathered at Chinhoyi Stadium to mark the country’s 37th Independence anniversary.

Celebrations were also held at district centres throughout the province.

Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs Faber Chidarikire inspected a four-detachment parade mounted by security forces before reading the President’s speech.

The crowd was entertained by displays from security forces, drum majorettes and an all-night musical gala featuring musicians from the province, including Preacherman and Attack Force Jazz band.

In Masvingo, thousands of people packed Mucheke Stadium for the celebrations.

The day was marked by various entertainment activities, including displays by uniformed forces.

Proceedings started with a parade comprising members of the army, police and prisons marching from Chikato Police Station around 9am to Mucheke accompanied by the army band.

People lined the streets to witness the colourful parade.

Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs Senator Shuvai Mahofa presided over the celebrations and read the Presidential speech.

The celebrations continued with performances by Mutimurefu Dance Group and Great Zimbabwe University students.

A soccer match between Christian College and Tami-Tami Football Club brought the curtain down on a fun-filled day.

In Manicaland, over 20 000 people packed Sakubva Stadium for the celebrations.

Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Cde Mandi Chimene read President Mugabe’s speech.

A uniformed forces’ procession added glamour to the event.

A musical gala was held on Independence eve with an array of artistes taking turns to entertain hundreds of people.

A Mozambican delegation led by Governor for Manica Province Mr Alberto Ricardo Mondlane as well as Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development Professor Francis Gudyanga and service chiefs were among notable people who were present.

It was jubilation at Chipadze Stadium, Bindura (Mashonaland Central) as masses of people gathered to celebrate this year’s 37th Independence.

Embattled provincial chairperson Dickson Mafiosi sat in the crowd to avoid embarrassment.

Provincial War Veterans chairperson Cde Sam Parirenyatwa said Mafiosi was advised not to join the high table to avoid causing disorder.

“War veterans did not want to see him join other delegates at the podium and we advised him against it for the sake of smooth sailing of the event,” said Cde Parirenyatwa.

“War Vets threatened to manhandle him off the podium.”

Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Advocate Martin Dinha read the President’s speech.

Among the delegates were service chiefs, the Mayor for Bindura Councillor Innocent Zvigumbu, Senator Monica Mavhunga (Zanu-PF), Chief Negomo, acting provincial chairperson Kazembe Kazembe.

The situation was the same in Mashonaland Central where the Provincial Minister Cde Ambros Mutinhiri read the President’s speech in Marondera.

Minister of State for Bulawayo Province Cde Eunice Nomthandazo Moyo inspected a guard of honour before reading the President’s speech to an overflowing White City stadium.

Residents continued to flock in as proceedings went on.

Members of the Zimbabwe National Army, Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services provided entertainment.

Police officers had a torrid time controlling the crowds, which included hundreds of children from different parts of Bulawayo.

In Matabeleland South, hundreds of people converged at Phelandaba Stadium in Gwanda filing the venue to capacity.

By 8 am the stadium had been filled to capacity by people mostly from Gwanda and surrounding areas.

Services chiefs, Zanu PF provincial members and the Guest of Honour, the Minister of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, Cde Abednigo Ncube, were among the dignitaries at the event.

Cde Ncube read the President’s speech.

Drills by the armed forces stole the day with scintillating performances.

Arts groups from Gwanda did not disappoint as they also left the crowd clamouring for more, with Nduna Malaba Junior, popularly known as Ndux Malax Jr, stealing the hearts of many.

In Matabeleland North, hundreds of people thronged Somhlolo Stadium in Lupane to celebrate the 37th independence anniversary.

The event started shortly after 12 pm following the arrival of service chiefs and Minister Matabeleland North, Cde Cain Mathema.

Cde Mathema, who was the guest of honour, inspected the guard of honour mounted by the Zimbabwe National Army, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services and the police before he read the President’s speech.

The event was attended by Macro Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister Obert Mpofu, the Deputy Minister of Media, Information, Broadcasting Services Cde Thokozile Mathuthu, Lupane West MP Cde Martin Khumalo and her counterpart from Tsholotsho South Cde Zenzo Sibanda, Chief Mabhikwa, Chief Nekatambe and Zanu-PF Matabeleland North provincial chairperson, Cde Richard Moyo.

This year’s celebrations were held under the theme “Zimbabwe @37: Embracing Ease of Doing Business for Socio-economic Development”.

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  • Kuta Kinte

    And you succubae seems to have understood the book Animal Farm from the surface and not from some depth. Read again what Manheru says about the literature of the book in order for you to understand not only the back cover as you are doing, but the deeper theme.

    • lot chitakasha

      So because Manheru said something about Animal Farm it becomes the only truth..you mirror Boxer here..”If Comrade Napoleon says it , it must be right..”..please allow succubba to make his/her own judgement, it is literature after all.

    • Gary WekuZviyambe

      Manheru tried in vain to twist the facts to suit his own interests. Animal farm is a story of a nation which unites, fights and dislodges an oppressor under a common set of ideals. The leadership then begins modifying the values of the nation to suit their own needs.
      Zimbabweans united and defeated the Rhodesians, believing that we would all be equal in the new Zimbabwe. At Independence, our leaders preached peace, unity, equality and prosperity for everyone. They then began to change the rules to enrich themselves. Now there is no longer unity in the nation; anyone who complains is labelled a sellout. There is no equality; the leaders have crafted new laws to protect only themselves. There is no peace; ordinary citizens are arrested for crying out to their leaders. The leaders send their children to schools in our former colonizer’s home, yet the rest of the nation is instructed to denounce and hate those countries. Our leaders go for holidays in far off lands and seek treatment in well-run countries, leaving us to die in hospitals with no medicine. Our leaders wear only the finest British suits, yet claim that everything British is evil.

    • yowe

      Tibvire apo…make sure you get Goats for all your efforts

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Are we the first and last country to suffer hyperinflation in this world you idiot? Your lamentation was predicted in the US Congress & Senate when they were debating their sanctions law ZEDRA. Read the records of their debates and how they predicted stooges like you would cry against our dear leader, as their regime change failed strategy. Go on lamenting our 37 years of freedom. But we believe , as our President Mugabe said, that our economy will recover. Doubting Thomases like you can go hang or travel to London and jump into the dirty waters of Thames River and politically drown forever! We know people are suffering mainly because of sanctions. But he have hope in fighting to defeat the evil sanctions. The majority of Zimbabweans will continue voting for ZANU PF because they know they are suffering because of sanctions. Come and lets meet in elections in 2018! Kuwawata chete kwenyu imi stooges of the West will not give you what you want. We have correctly declared Zimbabwe will never be a colony again,i.e will never be ruled by stooges of the West. Peroid!

    • Johnie John

      You obviously think that by calling other contributors names you will be driving home your point. You know the Thames river much better having fled the University of Rhodesia to enjoy subsidised education at LSE, the home of British imperialist education. You deliberately fail to respond to the fact that we now use the Yankee Dollar without their permission . There is also mention of countries which have been in sanctions for decades but they never abandoned their currency. Can you imagine Cuba which has been with sanctions for over 50 years using the Yankee Dollar as their currency. The same applies to Iran or North Korea.Finally how many USD did you get from selling tobacco from A2 farm and how many of those are you keeping under your pillow which is partly causing cash shortage.

    • Gudo

      Thank you for your most intelligent insight. I never realized all these problems were because of sanctions. I never realized we could not grow crops to feed ourselves because of sanctions. The basics of running water and electricity, no money is all because of this sanctions.

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        I don`t buy your sarcastic posting! The fact remains that our economy suffers mainly because of sanctions . I dont deny that there are factors but the sanctions are the major cause. Period!

        • succuba

          How are sanctions affecting you (fakey)? you keep failing to answer this question… I wonder why?

    • Gary WekuZviyambe

      Animal farm is a story of a nation which unites, fights and dislodges an oppressor under a common set of ideals. The leadership then begins modifying the values of the nation to suit their own needs.

      Zimbabweans united and defeated the Rhodesians, believing that we would all be equal in the new Zimbabwe. At Independence, our leaders preached peace, unity, equality and prosperity for everyone. They then began to change the rules to enrich themselves. Now there is no longer unity in the nation; anyone who complains is labelled a sellout. There is no equality; the leaders have crafted new laws to protect only themselves. There is no peace; ordinary citizens are arrested for crying out to their leaders. The leaders send their children to schools in our former colonizer’s home, yet the rest of the nation is instructed to denounce and hate those countries. Our leaders go for holidays in far off lands and seek treatment in well-run countries, leaving us to die in hospitals with no medicine. Our leaders wear only the finest British suits, yet claim that everything British is evil.

    • yowe

      I will give you a Goat for your efforts … wanga uri in attendance here iwe ??

    • Vhomoto

      I have respectfully warned you countless times to refrain from using statements and words that you are not adequately competent in. Its different from mere sloganeering . In your wisdom or lack thereof is there hyperinflation in Zimbabwe. The main tenets of hyperinflation is excessive money supply. Is there excessive money supply in zim or the opposite is true. But if you mean excessive goat supply then I agree with you. We challenged you several times that if there are sanctions indeed you and your useless party must come up with innovative and workable solutions under the circumstances like what Rhodesia and Cuba did. Your party is just ridding on an electorate riddled with senile dementia (havasi kumboziva kuti chii chirikumboitika). We are on a massive campaign to exorcise them from this disease before 2018 mira uone zvako

    • Moe_Scyslack2

      As Mutabaruka would say: Here again comes the mad professor with his big bag of bone lies. More like a big bag of hot air (or BS). Kkkk. It’s a tough job trying to defend mbavha wazvionaka?

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Ana Taru! Zvino mapererwa moshaya zvekubwereketa ka? Your MDCT has lost all its political steam! Kuti fototo ! It is now going into the political dustbins to salvage political material for the so called coalition! Come 2018, ZANU PF win again, to your chagrin!

    • Tom Toms

      Chimbotiudza zvembudzi iwe Prof

  • Kire

    Happy Independence Day to beloved Zimbabwe indeed. The President is right. We are on the path towards economic independence. It’s not an easy path, but it’s also a process.

  • Gudo

    Herald !!!!!! why don’t you post my comments , are they too honest for this paper or is it because i replied to one of your secret editors. ( Cde Mzvinavhu (prof) )

    • Moe_Scyslack2

      Wapedza. This fake is a Herald employee I’ve mentioned that before. Herald will delete any comment they deem anti zanu. So much for pluralism. Mzvinavhu is a keyboard monkey paid to write these comments. Even the man himself admitted he doesn’t believe in the junk he writes. He just needs food for his family.

  • yowe

    Sadly i couldnt attend i was tending my goats…need to get them plump so i can pay my children’s school fees

  • N. Sithole

    At least you should sound like an academic @Prof. Professors do not rant and insult their interlocutors. They support their arguments with facts. They never stoop so low as to insult those whose views are different from theirs. Why is it that you always avoid to engage those who argue that the values of the liberation struggle have long been abandoned? All we see is opulence among a few individuals who were nowhere near the liberation struggle.

    • succuba

      (fakey) can’t do facts… kikiki

  • Elijah

    What is wrong with Tsvangirai receiving donations from a White Zimbabwean Farmer/ Supporter? Cde What is wrong is Zanu (PF) receiving money meant for ZIMDEF programmes.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    By no means!