Nehanda statue symbolizes our unapologetic identity – President Mnangagwa

by | May 25, 2021 | International, Local News, Politics | 0 comments


Brian Rungano Temba

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described the statue of First Chimurenga icon and author of Zimbabwe’s Revolution and Independence, Mbuya Nehanda Nyakasikana Charwe as envisaging the direction the nation is coming from and headed towards.

President Mnangagwa said the unveiling of the statue was long overdue and could not have been done on a more befitting occasion.

President Mnangagwa said this during today’s unveiling of Zimbabwe’s National heritage monument number 201.

“This statue is a thus a bold and unapologetic movement and statement of the fact that, we are a people who know who we are and where we come from and where we intend to go. It is a declaration that we stand proud of our identity,” said President Mnangagwa.

“This befitting immortalization of Mbuya Nehanda was long overdue. It is most opportune that this event is appropriately blended with the commemorations of Africa Day and occurring during Culture Week,” he added.

President Mnangagwa took this opportunity to speak out on neo-colonialism as it is the reincarnation of the very scourge Mbuya Nehanda died fighting.

“It is on this important day that we honour our Mothers, Fathers and the many sons and daughters of Africa who pioneered the liberation, emancipation, development and prosperity of our Mother Continent.

We must in turn work harder for peace and a Continent free from all forms of neo-colonialism. Let no one ever divide us or patronize us in any manner or fashion. We are a Proud African People,” added President Mnangagwa.

This was on the backdrop of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) resolution voted on in the United Nations (UN).
The resolution was adopted by a vote of 115 in favour, 15 against, 28 abstentions.

Among the 15 was Zimbabwe.

Present was South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor who had handed over Cyclone Idai donations from South Africa at State House this morning to President Mnangagwa two years after the natural disaster.

The donation comprises 34 000 tonnes of mealie meal.

South Africa voted for the R2P clause at UN.