This is a day of serious reflections

WE join the rest of the country in remembering the gallant sons and daughters who gave their lives to help Zimbabwe gain its independence.

It is Heroes’ Day, a special occasion in which we put aside our differences to reflect and learn from brave compatriots who died in the battlefront and those who contributed significantly to the emancipation of our beloved country.

As families and friends of the fallen heroes gather today at the Heroes Acres — be it national or provincial — our key focus should be on the unity that binds us.

Unity of purpose is what distinguishes us from many in the region and remains the ingredient for progress.
This year’s occasion comes at very critical moment — just a week after Zimbabwe held peaceful elections which have divided the nations along partisan political lines.

The elections brought back Zanu PF and President Robert Mugabe amid accusations of cheating by the two MDC formations.

Outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has already filed a complaint in the Constitutional Court where he wants the results nullified and a re-run ordered.

The spirit of togetherness as Zimbabweans remains crucial even in the current dispute whose outcome should still reflect our own acceptance of results, irrespective of political persuasions.

Zimbabwe is able to conduct its own affairs, including holding elections as a result of peace which came via the protracted and bitter liberation struggle.

This is why it is important to remind each other the individual and collective duties we have as citizens to jealously guard against those that seek to divide us.

We therefore must remain ensconced in peace, love and unity.

All the sacrifices made for us to believe in our own systems and people would mean nothing in the absence of these.

But everything rests on our leadership.

Mugabe, despite his victory being challenged, must remain in the forefront of rallying the country against violence and vengeful acts.

This is why reports of retribution and intimidation coming from opposition supporters must be treated seriously and acted on.

Zimbabwe does not belong to victors only; it belongs to losers, would-be victors and would-be losers!
Mugabe led successfully in calling for peace and tolerance during the election campaigns.

We embraced that.

But we must not only leave it to our leaders because peace, love and tolerance begin with us, in our communities.

And Heroes’ Day reminds us of all the things that make us great.

Comments (0)

No Zimbabwe is not able to conduct its own affairs because of the stolen elections.There we did not do it right.Its even going to be made worse by a biased con court.

chimwango - 12 August 2013

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