He­roes’ Day preps on course

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PREPA­RA­TIONS for the Bu­l­awayo pro­vin­cial 2016 He­roes’ Day com­mem­o­ra­tions are at an ad­vanced stage, with the pro­vin­cial mo­bil­i­sa­tion com­mit­tee urg­ing peo­ple in the city to hon­our the coun­try’s he­roes.

He­roes’ Day would be marked on Au­gust 9 through­out the coun­try, with the main func­tion be­ing held at the National He­roes’ Acre in Harare.

The province held a meet­ing early this week, at which com­mit­tees and sub -com­mit­tee mem­bers gave feed­back to the Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mrs Khon­zani Ncube on progress made so far.

Mrs Ncube said prepa­ra­tions were go­ing on well and en­cour­aged the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo to at­tend the com­mem­o­ra­tions in their num­bers.

“Plans and lo­gis­tics for the 2016 He­roes Day com­mem­o­ra­tions are con­tin­u­ing and they’re at an ad­vanced stage. The peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo will gather at the pro­vin­cial shrine in Nku­lumane on Au­gust 8 and a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties have been lined up for the event.

In Mata­bele­land South, the pro­vin­cial de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee yes­ter­day met to de­lib­er­ate on the com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Act­ing PA Peter Moyo, who chaired the meet­ing said $3 000 has been raised so far for the com­mem­o­ra­tions to be held at Mata­bele­land South Pro­vin­cial He­roes Acre in Gwanda. He said they were tar­get­ing to raise $4 000 for both the He­roes and De­fence Forces’ com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Mr Moyo said they have sourced 1 000 litres of opaque beer, a gi­raffe for meat and large quan­ti­ties of maize –meal and rice.

“We are rar­ing to go; we are wait­ing for the day to come,” he said.

The act­ing PA urged peo­ple who made pledges to come for­ward to en­sure that the com­mem­o­ra­tions are a suc­cess.

In Mata­bele­land North Province, it’s all sys­tems go as the province gears up for the com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Var­i­ous com­mit­tees-trans­port, fundrais­ing, cater­ing, fi­nance and oth­ers held a meet­ing chaired by Umguza District Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mrs En­netty Sit­hole in Lu­pane on Tues­day to give an up­date on the prepa­ra­tions.

Ing­webu Brew­eries do­nated 1 000 litres of opaque beer, Makomo Re­sources will pro­vide cater­ing ser­vices for the VIPs while lo­cal author­i­ties and paras­tatals have pledged dif­fer­ent amounts of money, with close to $3 000 hav­ing been raised so far.

The Min­is­ter of State for Mata­bele­land North Pro­vin­cial Affairs Cde Cain Math­ema said prepa­ra­tions are go­ing on well.

“Prepa­ra­tions are go­ing on well for the day at Somhlolo Sta­dium in Lu­pane,” he said. “Peo­ple from Mata­bele­land North should know they are the own­ers of the econ­omy in the province be­cause that’s the rea­son why these peo­ple whose lives we are cel­e­brat­ing went to war. ”

He chal­lenged ev­ery Zim­bab­wean to work to­gether to­wards im­ple­ment­ing the goals of the fallen he­roes.

In the Mid­lands province, $10 000 has been set as the tar­get to be chan­nelled to­wards this year’s He­roes and De­fence Forces’ Day com­mem­o­ra­tions.

A mem­ber of the pro­vin­cial or­gan­is­ing team, Mr Ed­win Moyo, said prepa­ra­tions for the two day national events are now at an ad­vanced stage.

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