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The 34th Independence Day commemorations will give Zanu-PF the opportunity to thank Zimbabweans for their unwavering support during last year’s harmonised elections, provincial leaders have said.

Friday’s celebrations will be held under the theme “Zimbabwe @34: Defending Our Sovereignty and Providing an Enabling Environment for Economic and Social Transformation”.

The main celebrations will be at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, while others will be held at provincial, district and ward levels.

Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs will read President Mugabe’s speech across the country.

The annual Children’s Party, hosted by President Mugabe for school children from the country’s 10 provinces, will be held on Thursday at the City Sports Centre in the capital.

Chairman of the Harare organising committee Mr Alfred Tome said all was set for the big event with school children and members of the uniformed forces conducting rehearsals regularly.

“This is an event where we are coming out of a very important year where we defeated imperialists once and for all,” he said. “Every patriotic Zimbabwean should not miss these celebrations because they are different from the usual ones we had in the past years. We have been furnished with the theme which is for economic and social development of the country.”

Mr Tome said people should be seated early to avoid a repeat of last year where hundreds were locked out as the stadium was full.

“There is entertainment lined up where popular musicians will be performing. People should be there early. We have so far 25 buses to carry people to and from the stadium at the usual pick up points.”

Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs Minister Simbaneuta Mudarikwa said they were putting the final touches on local preparations.

“Everyone is looking forward to the day and some of the districts in the province like Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe have so far raised more than 84 beasts, 602 goats and over US$6 000 for the celebrations.

“This is a sign that it is a time to celebrate and remember the sacrifices made for independence to come.”

Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti said the local organising committee would have a preparatory meeting today to tie up “loose ends”.

His Matabeleland North counterpart, Ambassador Cain Mathema, said Government would use the celebrations to remind the nation to keep its focus on Zim-Asset.

Source : The Herald