HARARE, July 7 — Acting President Joice Mujuru said the government is working hard to improve the livehood of Zimbabweans.

The economy has been in crisis over the last decade largely due to sanctions imposed by the west.

She said the economy will take time to recover and called for patience as authorities implement strategies to turn around its fortunes.

The Acting President, who was addressing mourners at the burial of national hero, Dr Stanley Sakupwanya (75), said government continued to put the interests of the people first.

“The economic gains we are making may not be coming as quickly as some of us may wish, but we remain mindful that the interests of the country and that of our fellow countrymen and women come first before our own,” Mujuru said.

She called on Zimbabweans to safeguard the country’s freedom which many like Dr Sakupwanya, had sacrificed their lives for.

“We must totally commit ourselves to a continuous process of guarding jealously that independence so that our country will forever be politically and economically free,” she said.

Dr Sakupwanya, a veteran of the struggle died on July 1 after a long illness.

Mujuru described him as a “modest unsung hero” who never demanded attention or recognition for the sacrifices he made for the country’s liberation.

“There are many like him, man and women who moved our struggle and made great sacrifices for our independence, but who have moved on in life without attracting attention to themselves, or going about beating their chests that they liberated this country. We salute them,” she said.

The Acting President said Sakupwanya, who was trained as a medical doctor in Russia before independence, had returned home to assist during the struggle and reminded Zimbabweans studying in the diaspora not to forget their homeland.

“Our children in the diaspora do hear this message. I hope that they will always know why they are studying out there, not forgetting that Zimbabwe is always Zimbabwe and always home. We must all play our part to build our home, our country, Zimbabwe,” she said.

Mujuru said Sakupwanya’s death had robbed the country of a “true revolutionary and a fatherly figure.”

Meanwhile, thousands attended the burial of the national hero characterised by song and dance.

Some carried banners which described the personality of Dr Sakupwanya. “Doctor of the struggle,” “A dependable cadre” and “Farewell our uncompromising son of the soil,” read some of the banners.

SOURCE: New Ziana