BULAWAYO, Monday, August 12, 1991 — While there is a tendency among Zimbabweans to underplay the part played by living heroes, the ruling party and the Government are aware that there is an enormous number of ex-combatants and others who have distinguished themselves in heroic acts but are languishing without employment.
The Provincial Governor of Matabeleland North, Cde Jevan Maseko, said this during the Heroes’ Day celebrations at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo yesterday. He said that Zanu-PF had formed a committee to address the plight of ex-combatants, adding that once the committee’s findings and recommendations were submitted they would be implemented to improve the quality of lives of ex-combatants. Commenting on the importance of Heroes’ Day,
Cde Maseko said that the holiday demonstrated Zimbabwe’s irreversible commitment to the fundamental principles of freedom of unity and peace as necessary preconditions for social and economic development. “This day is indeed a unique one in its own right as we once again rededicate ourselves to those ideals and hopes that we set ourselves to achieve right from the inception of the struggle for independence up to today. . . that is fighting for our sovereignty, preserving our sovereignty. independence, peace, law and order and thereby ensuring that our environment is conducive to the much desired political, economic and social-cultural development”, he said.
Although this year’s Heroes’ Day celebrations were characterised by low turn out which police estimated to be about 5 000, Cde Maseko said he was pleased with the turn out as “we didn’t expect such a big crowd because it is always difficult to have a very large crowd as many people take this chance to go and see their relatives in the rural areas”, said Cde Maseko.