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LIVE: Zimbabwe independence celebrations

by Staff reporter
18 Apr 2018 at 10:02hrs | Views
Today Zimbabwe celebrates 38 years of independence from colonial bondage, both the old and young are thronging the National Sports Stadium (NSS) to mark the event. The NSS is playing host to the main celebrations but all the country's provinces are also marking this important day at various centres.



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    1410: The mass displays continue to entertain the people as we conclude our updates. Thank you for joining us.

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    1318: People are being entertained by mass displays at the moment.

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    1254: Parade commander asks for permission from President Mnangagwa to march off the parade square.

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    1251: "Let us think big of our country. Nothing is impossible. We shall rise. Happy 38 years of independence. Long live our country, long live our freedom. God bless you and God bless Zimbabwe," President Mnangagwa says he finishes his speech.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:51hrs

    1249: "In a few months' time, we hold harmonised elections. I urge all political leaders to shun violence, hate speech in all our contestations. We have invited countries to observe our elections from Sadc, AU and EU. Elections will be free and fair."

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:49hrs

    1245: "We need to modernise the economy of our great country. The surmountable task to build our economy is for us together."

    He says during his regional and international trips, he met diasporans whom he briefed regarding situation at home and invited them to make contributions towards economic recovery.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:44hrs

    1242: "To all workers, I urge you to work hard with good ethics and as we grow our economy we also seek to address your issues. We have received commitments from the global world because of our willingness to open a new chapter with rest of the world."

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    1240: "We need to establish the one stop shop investment centre. To improve efficiency, good governance in public sector is crucial. We need to fight corruption. We need to reform parastatals. We are open for business in all facets."

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:43hrs

    1238: "We know hardships associated with unavailability of cash, we are all working to address that in earnest. We will resolve shortages of cash in the economy. Our efforts are guaranteeing investor confidence. I urge the finance sector to have robust strategies that translate to demands of the economy. Surely, Zimbabwe is Open for Business."

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:43hrs

    1236: "We need to deal with violence perpetrated on women and girls. The Basic Education and Assistance Model seeks to assist 400 000 students from now through to August. Government seeks to observe good corporate governance. Following our engagement with China, water problems in Harare will soon be a thing of the past."

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:43hrs

    1234: "The commissioning of the Kariba South power plant has helped our power supply. Soon Hwange power plant will be improved. The tourism sector is improving as shown by the increased arrivals of tourists which is boosting our attractiveness as a good tourism destination. There is need to revitalise the social services sector. We are mindful of the rural population. We need to create vital rural economies. We are also ensuring availability of drugs."

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    1230: "We need the country to engage in global best practices. We are committed to availing scholarships. This is a key goal for Government. We need to look at ICT projects as they help our young to thrive in economic development. We have a heart for infrastructure development. Beitbridge, as well as the modernisation and expansion of the RG Mugabe International Airport, are priorities."

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:30hrs

    1227: President Mnangagwa says revitalisation of Zisco and the railway sector are crucial for rebirth of the manufacturing sector. He says Government is attending to various issues that enhance competitiveness.

  • Lupane - Scenes at Somhlolo stadium

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    1225: "New Government has a new way of doing things and we have amended the indigenisation policy. We have opened various sectors to the world."

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    1222: President Mnangagwa applauds the recent $4.2 billion mining deal recently signed. He says the country needs to prioritise value addition.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:27hrs

    1221: "China has pledged to assist us in meeting our endeavours. Russia and Belarus have made firm commitments to set up agriculture and mining plants in Zimbabwe."

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:25hrs

    1219: "We have availed money to beef up and sustain Command Agriculture. We also need to protect the forestry industry. We are strongest when we work together. We are confident our efforts will improve the livelihoods and incomes of our rural community. We are also trying to minimise adverse effects of climate change by constructing dams."

  • Cain Mathema arrives at Somhlolo Stadium

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    1218: "The renewed spirit of hope and determination by our people is encouraging. The goodwill we continue to receive is positive. We have positive changes in the mining, agriculture and tourism sectors. Government is ensuring food sufficiency through Command Agriculture."

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:22hrs

    1215: "For the challenges we face, we need to focus on the pursuit of economic recovery, poverty reduction, rehabilitation of social services and respect for rule of law. We need to protect and encourage private sector enterprises. We need to fight corruption. We will not achieve our goals overnight. But through discipline, we will realise our goals. Zim will rise again and be great."

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:21hrs

  • Listening to Edgar Tekere

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    1212: "We need to progress together despite creed and language…our 38 years of independence have been without challenges, opportunities have been missed and mistakes have been made. Fellow Zimbabweans, at my inauguration I underscored the need to pursue rapid economic growth, in this endeavour my administration's pursuit is enhanced investment and job creation."

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:12hrs

    1209: "It is my pleasure to welcome you to this historic event. This year's celebrations are significant as they are first under new dispensation. We honour our fallen heroes and may they be remembered for the freedom we enjoy today,"

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    1206: President Mnangagwa is now on the podium salutes all those in attendance.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:09hrs

    1202: "We are all bound together by the love for Zim despite political affiliation. Operation Restore Legacy was there to restore the founding values of our liberation struggle," says Minister Moyo as he asks President Mnangagwa to give his keynote speech.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:09hrs

    1200: Minister July Moyo is now back on the podium.

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    1150: Local Government Minister July Moyo takes to the podium and invites Bishop Manhanga to give an independence dedication.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:01hrs

    1146: President Mnangagwa is given the torch and lights up the Independence Flame. First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa releases pigeons into the sky. Pigeons released represent peace and love, themes that have defined the New Dispensation led by President Mnangagwa.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 11:01hrs

    1145: The parade ends as the Torch bearers enter the stadium.

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    1122: President Mnangagwa finishes inspecting the parade. He is now at the podium where the parade commander asks for permission for a slow and quick march.

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    1114: President Mnangagwa is now inspecting the parade.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 10:27hrs

    1107: The singing of the National Anthem marks the start of the official proceedings.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 10:27hrs

    1106: Crowd singing along to Jah Prayzah's "Kutonga Kwaro" as President Mnangagwa and the First Lady wave at the people. This is the first independence celebrations to be officiated by President Mnangagwa since his ascendancy to the Presidency following the a coup against former President Robert Mugabe.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 10:27hrs

    1105: President Mnangagwa enters the arena with the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa. Jubilation and a jovial mood set the stadium alight.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 10:26hrs

    1100: MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa has just arrived. Chamisa urged his supporters to be part of the independence celebrations as it is a national event.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 10:10hrs

    1056: Vice President Constantino Chiwenga arrives in the company of his wife Mrs Marry Chiwenga.

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    1044: Some of the placards here carry various messages of reform and economic rebirth, among them, "Reforming for Efficiency" "A New Dispensation for Economic Prosperity" "Land + Investment Hard Work + Efficiency = Success"

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 10:08hrs

    1035: Chief Justice Luke Malaba has arrived.

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    1023: Detachments from the ZNA, AirForce, ZRP and Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services are part of the parade.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 10:05hrs

    1018: Religious groups representing various denominations are also at the event.

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    1017: Members of the country's uniformed forces now march into the stadium for the parade. Their drills receive cheers and ululation from the crowd.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 10:04hrs

    1012: Sungura maestro Alick Macheso is currently entertaining the partygoers.

  • 18 Apr 2018 at 10:04hrs

    1000: Today Zimbabwe celebrates 38 years of independence from colonial bondage, both the old and young are thronging the National Sports Stadium (NSS) to mark the event. The NSS is playing host to the main celebrations but all the country's provinces are also marking this important day at various centres.

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