- In an Independence Day message titled “Growing together and resilient; We prosper. We are, We can”, Zanu-PF acting national deputy secretary for the Youth League, Tendai Chirau, said youths will continue to consolidate the gains of this hard-won independence by fully participating in the national production and economic growth agenda.
YOUTHS have joined President Emmerson Mnangagwa in celebrating Zimbabwe’s 41st Independence Day anniversary, saying the freedom enjoyed in the country today should never be sacrificed on the altar of petty political posturing and corrupt self-interest.
Zimbabwe became independent of minority while rule on 18 April 1980 following close to a century of uprisings, strife and a bitter war of liberation in which tens of thousands of lives were lost.
In an Independence Day message titled
“Growing together and resilient; We prosper. We are, We can”, Zanu-PF acting national deputy secretary for the Youth League, Tendai Chirau, said youths will continue to consolidate the gains of this hard-won independence by fully participating in the national production and economic growth agenda.
“The ZANU-PF Youth League now joins the President and First Secretary of the revolutionary ZANU-PF Party, His Excellency Cde ED Mnangagwa with utmost fervour, in paying homage to the innumerable sacrifices made by patriotic Zimbabweans, both departed and living, to ensure that we live in freedom.
“Even though we are forced to celebrate in an atmosphere severely limited by the need to exercise necessary caution occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, our spirits refuse to be dampened,” Chirau said.
“Our beautiful nation, Zimbabwe, celebrates its 41st Independence Day on 18 April 2021, a day which marks the auspicious occasion when we finally broke the shackles of colonialism. Lest we forget, for this to subsist, many sons and daughters of Zimbabwe, gallant freedom fighters, went through unimaginable pain and sacrificed their lives. “
Chirau said youths are a crucial demographic whose energy and enthusiasm shall continue to be channeled towards productivity in support of the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) 5-year strategic period for the years 2021-2025, whose launch is imminent.
“On the occasion of our 41st Independence Day, we wish that each and every dream for a brighter and more prosperous Zimbabwe becomes a reality, with our hard work and determination.
“Our forebears paid a heavy price for the freedom we enjoy today, which we should never sacrifice on the altar of petty political posturing and corrupt self-interest. We should not let anything negate the idea of a free Zimbabwe.
“As youth, it is incumbent upon us to continue to consolidate the gains of this hard-won independence by fully participating in the national production and economic growth agenda. Our failure in this regard is not only treasonous, but a shameful betrayal of the revolutionary legacy bequeathed to us by the nationalist generation.”
On the economic front, the hardworking Zanu-PF youth leader added that May 2021 will be a turning point for economic transformation as NDS1 kicks in.
“We remain forever buoyed by our belief that the energy and future of any nation is the youth, which we must harness now. We are a critical demographic dividend that must anchor Zimbabwe’s enduring revolution, strengthening the legacy of commitment in defence of our heritage, from which we continue to draw inspiration.
“To quote President Cde ED Mnangagwa,
“As we reflect on the path we have walked and the road ahead, we must draw lessons from the actions of our freedom fighters and the principles that guided them”.
“Our 41st Independence Day significantly coincides with the onset of the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) 5-year strategic period for the years 2021-2025. In this regard, the ZANU-PF Youth League reaffirms its full weight behind this key stepping-stone towards attainment of President Cde ED Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030.
“May 2021 see us all through accelerated economic transformation, enhanced national unity and social cohesion and enriched national image, among other goals espoused in the blueprint.”
Chirau said youths must remain alive to the reality that the nation still has a Covid-19 pandemic at its doorstep and must therefore never drop their guard even as the nation celebrates its independence.
“We continue to urge all to mask up and stay safe, holding ever fast to the attainable vision of a glorious, empowered and prosperous Zimbabwe. Even the smallest of our efforts in the development agenda counts, and Zimbabwe should never ever, revert to the vagaries of colonialism.
“Happy Independence Day Zimbabwe! We are. We can.” – Zimbabwe Voice ●