"In the midst of great adversity and difficulties such as the illegal economic sanctions, our country has a lot to be proud of," His Excellency the President and ZANU PF First Secretary Cde E.D Mnangagwa said in his 42nd Independence day speech at Babourfield Stadium in Bulawayo.
President Mnangagwa was addressing thousands of people who had gathered to celebrate the day. These were the first Independence celebrations to be held outside Harare as had been the norm for the past 41years. This is also in line with Government’s Devolution agenda which seeks to decentralise development in the country to ensure no place is left behind.
"In the midst of great adversity and difficulties such as the illegal economic sanctions, our country has a lot to be proud of, which was realised over the past 42 years. Equally, invaluable lessons have been learnt which will make our actions more targeted for coordinated and balanced development," President Mnangagwa said.
Guided by the development mantra, President Mnangagwa said realistic and responsive approaches will mould the implementation of policies, projects and programmes.
"Production, productivity, hard honest work, innovation, and an entrepreneurial culture are the cornerstones of all our individual and collective national effort. Hence, realistic and responsive approaches will continue to mould the implementation of our policies, projects and programmes, informed by the development mantra that, “ ilizweliyakwangabanikazi, Nyikainovakwanevenevayo.
To this end, the Second Republic is unwavering in its commitment to create opportunities in agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism, infrastructure, healthcare, education, sciences and Information Communication Technologies, among other sectors," President Mnangagwa said.
Speaking at the same event, the revolutionary icon President Mnangagwa highlighted that it is everyone’s responsibility to find their niche and help build Zimbabwe.
"This is what was fought for by the many heroes and heroines of our great country. As Zimbabweans, both at home and abroad, you have a sacred obligation and responsibility to find your niche and help build our motherland, riding on the abundant business and investment prospects in our economy," President Mnangagwa said.