Celebrations as Zimbabwe turns 31

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans on Monday converged at centers in the country’s ten provinces to celebrate the nation’s 31st Independence Anniversary. At the main celebrations at Harare’s National Sports Stadium, the leaders of the three parties in the coalition government – President Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy PM Arthur Mutambara – sat together throughout the proceedings. In his key note address, President Mugabe preached unity, peace and development, and urged the nation not to forget the tortuous path it walked to attain freedom and democracy. While impressing on people to value and have dominion over their natural resources, he called on all Zimbabweans to never forget the many sons and daughters of the soil who shed their blood for the country’s independence. “Let us today remember them for their steadfastness, tenacity and oneness of purpose. I call upon all Zimbabweans to unite in pursuit of a shared national vision and to strive at all times for peace not violence and to respect the unity and development of our nation… “As we engaged the international community in promoting and protecting our national interest, Government’s foreign policy continues to be anchored on our desire to protect Zimbabwe’s hard-won independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. “In pursuit of these core values, we are guided by the principles of the sovereign equality of nations, non-interference in the domestic affairs of other states, peaceful settlement of disputes and the right of self-determination of all peoples as enshrined in the Charter of the UN.”

April 2011
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