The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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