Heroes Day: Time to reflect

HARARE - Today is Heroes Day and Zimbabweans from all walks of life and across the political divide will take time to reflect on and celebrate the efforts of gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who paid dearly for the country’s independence.

This year’s commemorations come after the harmonised elections which saw President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF receive a fresh mandate to form the next government.

However, the polls’ outcome is being fiercely disputed by the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai.

The 89-year-old Mugabe, who will now serve his seventh term of office, is expected to give a keynote address today, a week after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) declared him winner.

Regional election observers, the African Union (AU) and Sadc have since declared the election as free and peaceful but are yet to endorse its credibility.

In a statement published in this issue, Tsvangirai says the biggest tragedy was that the independence which brave sons and daughters of Zimbabwe fought for did not come with the freedoms Zimbabweans aspire for.

“Up to this day, we remain a nation of a heroic people as we have tenaciously toiled over the last 33 years to complete the unfinished business of our liberation struggle; indeed to achieve the true meaning of our collective national aspiration for a better life for ourselves and our children.

“Indeed, so many sons and daughters of this country sacrificed their own lives so that we could be free again and one of the fundamental rights for which they toiled and died for was our right to vote.

“We have just come from a disputed and stolen election and the majority of Zimbabweans are still shocked at the brazen manner in which their vote was stolen.”

The MDC leader, who urged people not to despair, said he knew that Zimbabweans had voted for change.

“I see a brighter tomorrow for all of us. I see the triumph of the will of the people. I see today’s thieves caught up in the shame of their brazen theft of the people’s will,” Tsvangirai said.

Comments (9)

Zimbabweans must truly celebrate the lives of those who truly sacrificed for the liberty of all. Tsvangirai is right let us not despair because it is said you may fool people sometime but you will not fool people all the time! Justice is coming God can not be fooled watch this space!!

Regalia - 12 August 2013

This paper is a piece of IMPERIAL GABBAGE and very irrelevant.You and your STOOGE SELLOUT PARTY should go into oblivion as this paper has tried and DISMALLY FAILED to propel a STOOGE PUPPET called VAN TSVANGSTOOL into a president.PEOPLE HATE PUPPETS and they will never knowingly vote for one.

mike muchapondwa - 12 August 2013

who are the majority your party or the wining party uchiri kufunga zva 2008 takasiyana newe nokuda kwemabasa ako hauna kubirwa vanhu vaizara kuma rally vaya yainge iri chokwadi ikozvino wazobuda ura wasakara

paganda kindiboy - 12 August 2013

Majority of Zimbabweans did not vote for Robert Mugabe and Zanu Pf but Mugabe and his party voted for the people against their will.A normal 61% land slide could have seen Zimbabweans all over rejoicing for weeks to come but the mood among us reflect a funeral.

chimwango - 12 August 2013

Chimwanga consult prophet GIFT PHIRI who foresaw Tsvangirai winning by 61 per cent for enlightenment.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 12 August 2013

varume vemdc T zvino uyu ndiwo mukakana vekuti muratidze ” evidence” dzenyu ku SADC zvangu zvandakaona kuRUWA (Goromonzi south poling station yaichengetwa nekurindwa nemayouth e zanu pf pasina mayouth e MDC Aichengeta ipapo hameno kuti iwo ve MDC waiziwa here nezvepolling station iyi kana kuti yaingozikanwa ne ZEC nezanu pf chete takazviona for 2 today vahnu vese vakazviona vaigara pedyo nepoling station iyi.Zano ranguwo ngerekuti kanazvichibvira ngapaite anokumura nhumbi{hembe} dzose kusara mukuma pakati penyu imi vacharatizda umbowo kuitira kuti zvioneke kuti makabirwa zvechokwadi kwete zve fun- fun show them its the last chance they will not keep entataining you.DO the unusual in order to show the truth

dofo - 12 August 2013

varume vemdc T zvino uyu ndiwo mukakana vekuti muratidze ” evidence” dzenyu ku SADC zvangu zvandakaona kuRUWA (Goromonzi south poling station yaichengetwa nekurindwa nemayouth e zanu pf pasina mayouth e MDC Aichengeta ipapo hameno kuti iwo ve MDC waiziwa here nezvepolling station iyi kana kuti yaingozikanwa ne ZEC nezanu pf chete takazviona for 2 today vahnu vese vakazviona vaigara pedyo nepoling station iyi.Zano ranguwo ngerekuti kanazvichibvira ngapaite anokumura nhumbi{hembe} dzose kusara mukuma pakati penyu imi vacharatizda umbowo kuitira kuti zvioneke kuti makabirwa zvechokwadi kwete zve fun- fun show them its the last chance they will not keep entataining you.DO the unusual in order to show the truth

dofo - 12 August 2013

Dofo uri dofo chairo. Unokakama nekunyora semakakamiro eunoita uchitaura. I wonder why you are a Zanu person. zanu pf is for Mahwindi, mahure, mbavha, mhondi, mabinya.... We need a total change of the government in Zim.The evidences are there from an exces of 35% paper printed, Nikuv, special votes, denial of voters role to the opposition party, assisted voters..... What else do you want old man hindawa kubvunza kuti mbudzi iyi ihadzi here kana kuti hono iyo yakaisa muswe mudenga.

Mutape - 13 August 2013

Amazing fool, Tsvangirai is! They fought so we have a right to vote.........We are just coming from an election.................Largest turn out in Zim elections means our heroes are all smiles where ever they are. I think Tsvangirai should just be barred from thinking and immediately prohibited from talking and finally stopped from LIVING!!!!!!!!!!!! He is a non resemblance of the average Zimbabwean known for a creative mind, that pulls one from an almost impossible situations.

Mundamurefu - 13 August 2013

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