Govt hailed for upgrading provincial shrine


Gweru (New Ziana) – Midlands Provincial National Museums and Monuments has hailed the government for its concerted efforts to improve the state of the Provincial Heroes Acre, a senior official has said.

Speaking during the commemoration of the Heroes Day at the Midlands Provincial Heroes Acre on Monday, acting Regional Director National Museum and Monuments of Zimbabwe Central Region Clapperton Gutu said despite the challenges, the government and its partners have significantly improved the state of the graves at the provincial shrine.

“We were given the mandate to improve the graves at the Provincial Heroes Acre. We applaud the government for assisting us in the construction of the graves. The Zimbabwe National Amy for helping us improve the area and dignify the area,” he said.

“Concerted efforts are being made in a bid to make the heroes and heroines acre a befitting place for burial. They are some who approached our office saying they can afford to buy the material on their own. We welcomed them and worked hand in glove to make sure their tombstones are upgraded,” Gutu said.

With time, he said, the Museum and Monument would want to spruce up the Midlands Heroes Acre so that it almost has a similar stature as the national shrine in Harare.

Although there is an improvement, some widows and widowers expressed concern over delay in revamping graves of their deceased’s relatives.

“The situation at the Heroes Acre here in Midlands is not pleasing and we would want the situation addressed urgently. We should not forget that for us to be here it is because of the gallant sons and daughters who paid the price,” said Josphat Nkomo.

The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in the Midlands province Senator Larry Mavima read President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s speech.
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