'Carnival brings happiness'

HARARE - The pursuit of happiness is collective and despite varied circumstances, the majority’s happiness should be upheld with one of the ways being through the Harare International Carnival.

The Carnival commenced on May 16 and ended on Saturday with one of the biggest parties, the Carnival Street Party.

Simon Khaya Moyo, the Senior minister of State in the President’s Office told delegates at the Carnival welcome dinner in Harare recently that the carnival envisages 100 percent Gross National Happiness, GNH by 2020.

“Just to borrow the philosophy of the Gross National Happiness developed by the Bhutan’s 4th Dragon King, his Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1972, there is nothing more imperative than the happiness of the people in any nation.

“In fact, in Jigme’s view not even the Gross National Product exceeds Gross National Happiness. Thus, in essence, the foundations of GNH lie in the peace and happiness of our people, the security and sovereignty of nations,” said Moyo adding that the Harare International Carnival is poised to achieve GNH for the Zimbabwean masses.

The dinner was graced by several senior government officials, visiting internationals and local artists.


Minister of State in the President’s Office responsible for Harare Metropolitan Province, Miriam Chikukwa, Walter Mzembi, minister of Tourism and Hospitality and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Karikoga Kaseke were among those who danced the night away.

Star musician Oliver Mtukudzi, the Trinidad & Tobago-Exodus Steel Orchestra, Elgarbya Folk Troupe, traditional groups from Namibia, Ethiopia, Italy and Malawi entertained the guests.

Locally, Diamond Musica and dancers Bev and Zoey also performed.

Moyo congratulated the ministry of Tourism and Hospitality, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, ZTA and the Harare City Council for staging such a friendly platform.

“This gathering represents a culmination of months of hard work and it is my hope that we all reflect on the Carnival as the fabric that holds us together despite our varied diversities — diversity in opinions, cultures, tradition, philosophies and politics.”

Harare International Carnival is projected to yield return on investment in the next seven to 10 years, said Moyo.

“This is when the brand becomes established and self-selling. For the Carnival to realise benefits such as these, there is need for strong government commitment and investment, particularly in terms of funding.

“I therefore implore the government to support fully the Harare International Carnival which we foresee to be a hub for economic development in Zimbabwe through employment creation, wealth creation, foreign revenue generation, industry expansion, infrastructure advancement and social goodwill.

Moyo thanked all visiting participants. “I wish to appreciate all of you here-present for being part of this unification cause. It is such kind of gestures that present continued cooperation and bonding not only between societies but also between nations.”

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