Thousands join in Independence celebrations

By Archford Chirimudombo


Chief Svosve, Marondera District Development Coordinator Clemence Masawi and Marondera Rural District Council chairperson Taurai Songore follow proceedings at the Independence Day celebrations at Rudhaka Stadium

MARONDERA- Thousands of people in Mashonaland East converged at various ward and
district centres in the province as they joined the rest of the nation in celebrating
Independence Day last week.
President Mnangagwa presided over the country’s main celebrations which ran under the
theme: “Zim@43: Nyika Inovakwa Nevene Vayo/ Ilizwe Lakiwa Labanikazi Balo” in Mt
Darwin ,Mashonaland Central province while the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and
Devolution (Mashonaland East) Dr Aplonia Munzverengwi officiated at the provincial
commemorations held at Goromonzi High School in Goromonzi District.
Dr Aplonia Munzverengwi inspected a mixed parade mounted by the country’s security
forces comprising the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), the Zimbabwe Republic Police

(ZRP) and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) before reading the
Presidential speech.
In Marondera, District Development Coordinator Clemence Masawi read the Presidential
speech to multitudes of people drawn from Marondera Central, East and West Constituencies.
There was also entertainment galore as Marondera’s own Sungura legend Josphat Somanje
and his Somanje Stars band belted tunes that music fans sang along with him.
An upcoming Sungura band from Dombotombo suburb, Kings Express also gave a good
account of itself and showed that if it continues on the same path, it could be set for dizzy
Drum majorettes and Jerusalem/Mbende dance groups from various Marondera schools as
well as gure/nyau dancers spiced up the entertainment side of the celebrations.
Several people interviewed on the side lines of the celebrations were grateful to those who
sacrificed their lives to fight for the liberation of the country.
“The Independence that we are celebrating today is a momentous occasion as it was not given
to us on a silver platter. There are heroes, both living and dead, who made a sacrifice and
went to the war trenches to fight against colonial rule. It is now upon us to cherish that and
work together in unity for the continued development of our country,” Samuel Mungure (45)
from Masomera said.
Zanu PF Marondera Dictrict Coordinating Committee (DCC) chairman Shepherd Kaserera
challenged Zimbabweans, both young and old, to safeguard the country’s Independence.
He said: “Celebrating 43 years of self-rule as a nation is a milestone. The country has
detractors who want to see the gains of our Independence reversed but I urge all
Zimbabweans to remain resolute and always be proud of their country. We must safeguard
what we have and we are the one who can determine the course of our country’s economic
and political trajectory.”

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