Na­tion urged to fo­cus on devel­op­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Re­porter

THE na­tion com­mem­o­rates Heroes Day to­day with a call to fo­cus on the coun­try’s devel­op­ment and de­sist from fight­ing for leadership po­si­tions to hon­our those who died for the at­tain­ment of in­de­pen­dence.

Speak­ing after hand­ing over 2 500 day-old chicks to res­i­dents of Njube sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo as part of the poul­try pro­ject he un­veiled in June, Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko said it was not only those who went to war but also those who re­mained be­hind who con­trib­uted to the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence.

“We re­mem­ber th­ese peo­ple with the freedom and peace that we have in the coun­try to­day and the priv­i­leges that we never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore we at­tained in­de­pen­dence,” said VP Mphoko.

He em­pha­sised the need for the coun­try to fo­cus on devel­op­ment, say­ing that is what the coun­try’s heroes died for.

“Our fallen heroes de­serve more ac­count­abil­ity from each one of us. Let us there­fore com­mem­o­rate Heroes Day as well as De­fence Forces Day with one­ness of pur­pose and fo­cus more on

ad­min­is­ter the gov­ern­ment pol­icy not the war vet­er­ans as­so­ci­a­tion. He has no busi­ness in the as­so­ci­a­tion and he’s mis­di­rect­ing him­self,” said Cde Mlala.

“He was there at the sol­i­dar­ity march day on July 27 in Harare where we pre­sented our case be­fore the Pres­i­dent in pub­lic. The Pres­i­dent, in his re­sponse, said those that are act­ing now will re­main act­ing and mo­bilise for the elec­tions to put a new leadership. He did not say the Min­is­ter will do that.

“That’s where Rtd Col Dube does not un­der­stand. He said Cde Chimene and I want to take over the war vet­er­ans as­so­ci­a­tion un­pro­ce­du­rally. I won­der what pro­ce­dures he is re­fer­ring to”.

Cde Mlala said Rtd Col Dube should not ac­cuse him of things that he had not done.

“There was no need to speak on be­half of the war vet­er­ans. de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues.

“Let’s trust and re­spect one an­other at ev­ery level, up­hold unity, peace and devel­op­ment. The na­tion owes all the heroes last­ing and eter­nal grat­i­tude through work­ing hard for devel­op­ment,” said VP Mphoko.

The Vice Pres­i­dent said the do­na­tion of day old chicks to res­i­dents was part of devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives meant to up­lift the lives of ordinary peo­ple. He said peo­ple should not fight for leadership po­si­tions. “This is devel­op­ment we’re try­ing to do. Help our peo­ple im­prove their lives. Peo­ple who’re fo­cused on devel­op­ment don’t fight over po­si­tions but fight for the up­lift­ment of ev­ery­body’s life in the coun­try. I’m 76 years old. I’m mar­ried, I have grown up chil­dren and I’m the Vice Pres­i­dent of this coun­try. What more would I want? My duty is to carry out my du­ties as the VP and bring devel­op­ment to the peo­ple. There’s no need to fight for leadership po­si­tions,” said VP Mphoko.

Heroes’ Day is marked to­day through­out the coun­try while the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces Day will be com­mem­o­rated to­mor­row, with the main func­tions be­ing held in Harare.

He can talk as a min­is­ter with war vet­er­ans out­side th­ese as­so­ci­a­tions not on be­half of the as­so­ci­a­tion. We want to talk to war vet­er­ans that are in Zanu-PF,” he said.

Cde Mlala said he was not aware of the High Court or­der which re­port­edly barred him as well as Cdes Chimene, Joseph Chino­timba, Charles Mpofu, Es­ter Mun­yaradzi, Stephen Moyo and Robert Muk­wena from mas­querad­ing as ZNLWVA lead­ers, say­ing he had not been served with any court pa­pers.

“I don’t know about the court or­der. I’ve only read about it in the pa­pers. I was not served with any pa­pers. Un­til I get the pa­pers from the court, I’m not in a po­si­tion to talk about it,” he said.

Rtd Col Dube could not be reached for com­ment yes­ter­day as his mo­bile phone con­tin­u­ously rang with­out be­ing an­swered — @pame­lashumba1

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