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The historic Unity Accord is a timeless heritage to accelerate the attainment of the shared national vision for inclusive development and a modernised, industrialised, prosperous, and empowered society, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
These were the President’s sentiments to commemorate the National Unity today.
He challenged citizens to use this important National Unity Day to re-commit to safeguarding, preserving, and promoting rich heritage, for the benefit of both present and future generations.
“As we commemorate this National Unity Day, it is also critically important that we safeguard and advance our national interests. Equally, every Zimbabwean, at home and those in the Diaspora, must remain encouraged by the fact that we are not stuck in the past nor consumed by the wounds of yester-year disturbances.
“Our nation is moving forward with hope and determination, crafting a brighter and more prosperous future for all Zimbabweans, leaving no one and no community or place behind. The national healing process led by the Traditional Leadership has now been fully resourced as indicated in our 2024 National Budget. Community-based programmes are set to commence next year, with a broad array of interventions that will involve the affected individuals and families,” President Mnangagwa said.
Zimbabwe is a unitary state, with many cultures, languages, and tribes, united under one national flag and national anthem. The country is endowed with great wealth and resources. To fully exploit the abundant resources, there is a need to close ranks and focus on nation-building.
President Mnangagwa warned that the divide-and-rule tactics perpetrated during colonialism and being attempted by opportunistic neo-liberals must never be given a foothold in the country.
“United we stand, divided we fall. As such, let us all reject regionalism, tribalism, self-hate, and all forms of violence. We have a duty and responsibility to work harder with honesty and integrity to utilise the vast opportunities that are before us. Increased production and productivity across all sectors of the economy remain our collective priority.
“Our developmental philosophy, Nyika inovakwa, inotongwa, inonamatigwa nevene vayo, Ilizwe lakhiwa, libuswe, likhulekelwe ngabanikazi balo must now be distilled right down to the family and community levels; Musha ne dunhu zvinovakwa nevene vazvo. Similarly, our national character of a united people must be exhibited by Zimbabweans in the diaspora. No matter where you are in the world, you must be united; you are one people, with one country and one motherland, Zimbabwe.”