All set for Heroes Day com­mem­o­ra­tions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

THOU­SANDS of Zim­bab­weans are ex­pected to con­verge at var­i­ous pro­vin­cial and district cen­tres across the coun­try to­day to re­mem­ber and pay re­spect to all the gallant sons and daugh­ters of the soil both liv­ing and dead.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Min­is­ter Saviour Ka­sukuwere, whose Min­istry is over­see­ing prepa­ra­tions for com­mem­o­ra­tions, yes­ter­day said the stage was set for the 36th Na­tional Heroes Day cel­e­bra­tions, whose main event will be tak­ing place at the na­tional shrine in Harare.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe will lead the main event at the Na­tional Heroes Acre.

“It’s all systems go and we are ex­pect­ing that peo­ple will come in their numbers to re­spect all those who con­trib­uted to the in­de­pen­dence of this coun­try,” said Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere.

Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere said there were many peo­ple who died for the coun­try, and the Heroes Day com­mem­o­ra­tions were one of the many ways of re­mem­ber­ing and hon­our­ing the sac­ri­fices they made to eman­ci­pate the coun­try from the white colo­nial rule.

He called on all Zim­bab­weans from all walks of life to sup­port the event. “We are call­ing upon ev­ery­body, the clergy and all cit­i­zens to come and join the na­tion and His Ex­cel­lency in ob­serv­ing the na­tional heroes day,” said Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere.

Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere said the Pres­i­dent will visit the Tomb of the Un­known Sol­dier and in­ter­act with rel­a­tives of heroes in­terred at the na­tional shrine.

He said Ministers of State and Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs were ex­pected to read the Pres­i­dent’s speech in their re­spec­tive prov­inces as per tra­di­tion.

In Bu­l­awayo, all roads lead to the Pro­vin­cial Heroes Acre at Nku­lumane where the Min­is­ter of State for Bu­l­awayo Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs, Cde Eu­nice Nomthandazo Moyo, will read the Pres­i­dent’s speech.

Min­is­ter of State for Harare Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Miriam Chikukwa last Fri­day said her prov­ince was ready for to­day’s event.

She said peo­ple would be fer­ried from the usual pick-up points to the na­tional shrine. “We are go­ing to have 25 buses for Harare and peo­ple are go­ing to be picked from their usual pick-up points,” said Min­is­ter Chikukwa.

She said although all prov­inces were hav­ing their com­mem­o­ra­tions at pro­vin­cial level, there could be other peo­ple who might want to join the Pres­i­dent at the main event in Harare.

In re­spect to that, Min­is­ter Chikukwa said each prov­ince was al­lo­cated a bus to ferry peo­ple to Harare. She said the pro­gramme was ex­pected to start at 9:30 AM. The po­lice and the de­fence forces will pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment as well as other in­vited artistes.

In Masvingo, var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties have been lined up at the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal to­gether with the seven ad­min­is­tra­tive dis­tricts across the prov­ince.

The main cel­e­bra­tions will be held at Masvingo Pro­vin­cial Heroes Acre where top Gov­ern­ment and Zanu-PF of­fi­cials led by Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Se­na­tor Shu­vai Ma­hofa will be in at­ten­dance.

Se­na­tor Ma­hofa yes­ter­day said pro­ceed­ings to mark Heroes Day will start at 8AM with war vet­er­ans march­ing to the pro­vin­cial shrine where she will read the Pres­i­dent’s speech.

For­mer Masvingo Gover­nor and Psy­chomo­tor Ac­tiv­i­ties Min­is­ter Josiah Hungwe will in­spect the guard of hon­our in place of Se­na­tor Ma­hofa who has not fully re­cov­ered from ill-health.

Se­na­tor Ma­hofa will then lead in the lay­ing of wreaths on the Tomb of the Un­known Sol­dier be­fore meet­ing the rel­a­tives of the over 50 heroes and hero­ines in­terred at the pro­vin­cial shrine.

Se­na­tor Ma­hofa said com­mem­o­ra­tions in Masvingo will be com­pleted by a soc­cer match pen­ciled for Mucheke Sta­dium.

The build-up to Heroes Day started on Satur­day night with the host­ing of Miss Heroes at the Civic Cen­tre in Masvingo

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