Independence countdown begins

by | Mar 31, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

Brian Rungano Temba

Cabinet last night announced the preparatory updates that kick-started the countdown to Zimbabwe’s 41st Independence Anniversary Celebrations.

This year’s Independence Day Anniversary celebrations running from the 17th to the 18th of April will be jam-packed with activities that will be done under strict World Health Organisation (WHO) regulations to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the cabinet has confirmed.

Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa said cabinet was informed that the lineup of events for the Independence Anniversary celebrations include a national children’s party, clean-up campaign, virtual gala, and fireworks display.

The President’s Independence Cup soccer match between the country’s two biggest soccer teams, Dynamos FC and Highlanders FC, will put icing on the cake after HE President Mnangagwa’s Independence address to Zimbabwe.

“Two most popular clubs, Dynamos and Highlanders, will compete for honours in the President’s Independence Day Trophy under strict WHO Protocols and National Guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Hon. Senator Mutsvangwa

The Children’s Party will be held at State House under strict Covid-19 protocols on the 17th of April, 2021, while an Independence Virtual Musical Gala and fireworks displays have been slotted for the Rainbow Hotel and Conference Centre on the same date.

On the eve of Independence Day, a total of 50 learners selected from primary and secondary schools across all the ten 10 provinces of Zimbabwe and encompassing all districts will attend the Children’s Party that will be hosted at the State House.

“ The number is inclusive of Child Parliamentarians.
Each province will therefore provide for five children who shall be accompanied to State House by two teachers,” said Hon. Senator Mutsvangwa.

On April 18, 2021, Independence Day, events will begin with a national clean-up campaign.

“In the run-up to the 2021 Independence Day, Cabinet has sanctioned a national clean-up campaign and information to that effect will be disseminated to all the provinces.

“Ministries of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation; and Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry are jointly organizing the clean-up, with the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services on hand to ensure selected segments are beamed to the nation,” added Hon Mutsvangwa.

Later that day the President’s Independence Day trophy which is a traditional highlight at annual Independence celebrations will be held at National Sports Stadium.

Senator Mutsvangwa also noted that a live broadcast of the President’s Independence speech will be aired on radio and television.

“Sixteen radio stations will be resourced for the purpose to broadcast the President’s Speech in the official languages dominant in each community,” she added.

The theme for this year’s Independence Anniversary is: Zim@41-Together, Growing our Economy for a Prosperous, Resilient and Inclusive Society