A legend thundering at the Falls

President Mugabe

President Mugabe

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Below, we publish President Mugabe’s full address at the 21st February Movement celebrations in Victoria Falls yesterday.

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Pamberi nekubatana

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Pambili lokubambana

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Mudemwa nekujatana

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Pamberi neYouth League . . . neYouth League

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Pamberi nema21sters

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NeveNational Service

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Nekugadzirira mayouth . . . Kuvapa mabasa

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Pamberi nevose madisabled

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Pamberi neZanu-PF . . . neZanu-PF

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Pambili lokubambana eZanu-PF

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Pasi nemaimperialists.

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Honourable Vice-President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and Amai Mnangagwa, Honourable Vice-President Cde Phelekezela Mphoko and Amai Mphoko, The Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Cde Christopher Mushohwe, and ministers here present, The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for Matabeleland North, Cde Cain Mathema, Members of the Politburo; of the Central Committee, The Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Pupurai Togarepi, Executive members of the Youth League, the 21st February Movement delegation, child parliamentarians from all provinces, Members of the diplomatic corps, Traditional leaders here present, service chiefs, invited guests, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, comrades and friends.

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It is with the greatest of humility that I welcome you all to the 29th edition of the 21st February Movement celebrations, which are being hosted by Matabeleland North Province in the magnificent town of Victoria Falls.

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Our venue is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the amazing Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-tunya, the smoke that thunders.

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Once again I thank you for the support, blessings and gifts that you all bring as we come together to celebrate the 21st February Movement, which, this year, coincides with my 91st birthday.

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From inception, the 21st February Movement is dedicated towards the positive and sustainable development of our young people in many aspects of their lives including mental, physical, intellectual and moral capacity of their lives.

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The youth forum has its fundamental aim of moulding disciplined, selfless young Zimbabweans.

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In this Movement, youths from all walks of life come together to interact among themselves and their national leaders and particularly the President.

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I am glad to say to you that I treat this event with the seriousness it deserves and as Patron of the Movement, I am committed to ensuring that the Movement remains relevant in achieving the aims and objectives for which it was set up and, more importantly, in improving the lives of all young people in Zimbabwe.

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It is through interaction such as this one that we tutor and provide guidance to our youths, the leaders of tomorrow; again the leaders of tomorrow.

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But we do not begin to mould them tomorrow; we mould them now as soon as they are born.

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This year’s edition of the 21st February Movement is being held after the successful holding of the 6th Zanu-PF National People’s Congress in December 2014. Add to that, of course, the successful Youth and Women’s League national conferences held last August.

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The conferences are vital needs to continue strengthening our party and country, whilst there were many changes resulting from the Congress and events preceding and during the Congress.

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The overall achievement of that Congress is the unity within our party, achieved after the exposure and flashing out of malcontents who had clandestinely planned to derail the focus of our people, when they planned to remove legally constituted leadership of the party and Government.

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We thank you, the youth, for your exposure, bravery. Add to that the exposure by the First Lady. They call her “Stop it”.

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Now, the “Stop it” lady was unwell, starting about two months ago when she had an operation. But you can see two months afterwards — it was quite a major operation — she is up and going, and she is ready to join the youth, the women and everyone in the struggle for development, but emphasising, naturally, the role of women in that struggle.

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It is also important that the youth are always abreast with issues going on in their country and their continent and we thank you for being conscious that the youth of Zimbabwe are the youth of Africa.

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And so they must also relate to other youths in Africa, especially countries that are our neighbours and countries that are revolutionary; that fought revolutionary struggles such as ours.

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I want to say thank you to all the countries that have sent their youths to this event and thank the youths themselves for all the messages that they gave.

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Our history as a country and as a continent has been characterised by colonial imbalances and inhumane treatment by the colonisers.

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The need to fight these ills has and will always shape our revolutionary anti-colonialism struggle. We fought successfully for political independence. Now in contemporary times, the economic empowerment struggle is still ongoing and is yet to be won in most of Africa.

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It was with this goal and visits by the founding fathers of our independence in Africa, who decolonised Africa — and some of them are Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Sekou Toure of Guinea, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, not to mention other Frontline States here in this region who joined them later — that Africa should be united for its political independence first and its economic independence to come later.

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Indeed, political independence without economic empowerment is hollow.

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It is imperative, therefore, that the dream of our founding fathers of achieving economic independence be realised.

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I am proud to say that our country is an example of efforts of seeing this being realised through the Land Reform Programme, the Indigenisation and Empowerment Policy and now the current economic blueprint: Zim-Asset.

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Zimbabwe is indeed a shining example of what it means to be a free country, which is in total control of their abundant natural resources and in pursuit of sustainable socio-economic transformation for its people.

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This year’s theme — and I quote: “Celebrating the birth of Gushungo, the icon of Zimbabwe’s revolution and champion of youth empowerment” — once again demonstrates our revolution’s two major phases namely: the liberation struggle and the struggle for economic independence for our people in general and for the youth in particular.

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My life has been about advancing these causes.

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First, I had to join others in getting rid of what was the major political problem — that we had outsiders, imperialists; outsiders who were called settlers, ruling us. They had turned us into semi-slaves, nothing more than just servants, labourers for them. Even our fathers were mabhoyi, our sisters who worked for them vanasisi.

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And so it was necessary to get political freedom first, but we had to fight for it. In other countries of Africa, no, they just had a strike or came together because they did not have as many colonialists as we had. Only small groups of people getting together saying “we want our freedom”.

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They got their freedom like that.

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But we had to die for it, suffer for it, go to prison for it, lose lots of our people for it, lose property for it. That is after losing our land. Today we say they are gone. But they didn’t just go. They didn’t just say “goodbye”. We had to force them and kick them out and we did that because it was necessary.

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They were sticking like leeches to us, sticking to our country and they might come again clandestinely, furtively. This time wanting to be friends and wanting to be accommodated in our farms, saying they have money. If you want money to help you plough, they will give you.

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They will get you tractors.

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That’s what they are doing.

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I was talking to the Minister of Lands. I think it was just the day before yesterday and we were looking at each and every province. We started with Mashonaland East. In Goromonzi alone there are 40 (white commercial farmers). (In) Murewa (and) Mutoko there are 123.

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Mind you, this is only Mashonaland East. Then I said: “Okay, some of our leaders were hiding them in farms and saying the farms have been given.”

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So I said: “Let’s stop here 40 and 123; that’s 163 in just a small district of our country, from Goromonzi, Mutoko and Murewa.

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Fourty plus 123 vachiri mumapurazi vanga vakahwanda. Mafarm mangani iwayo? Mapurazi anga akahwandiswa nanaKaukonde.

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Ndakati: “Okay, tombomira ipapo. Svondo rinouya tovamba zvakare toenderera mberi: Ko, province yese yanga ine vangani vanga vakahwandiswa? Tochiendawo kuMashonaland West, tochiendawo Mashonaland Central, tochiendawo Masvingo, Midlands, Manicaland, Matabeleland North, South tipedze tichienda mumasango.”

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Maministers mamwe vaingozvinzwa zvaitaurwa nemachairpersons kunzi, “Haiwa, hakusisina. Takaita resettlement. Kwangosara four or five.”

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Ndivo vabati, mind you, vemaagro industrial entities. Ndivo vanhu vesugar. Ndivo varimi vetea. Ndivo varimi vecoffee, vematree, etcetera. Vanhu vangadai varivo varikushanda. Vari mberi vatema, asi shure ndivo vene vazvo. Hatina kupedza. Takaitira chido mhuka dzedu.

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We wanted our animals to be free, but there are lots of safaris mumasango imomu; lots of safaris and very few are African.

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The majority are white. In our region, we have the most safaris and the most animals — elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs not to mention buffaloes, antelope, zebra, etcetera.

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Taiti we must keep animals, yes, keep animals for ourselves, but vanaAmerica vakatipa masanctions but their own Europeans come.

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They still have farms and privately, they arrange these visitors in America to come. They do their hunting and pay themselves, kill animals, carry the trophies with them.

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We don’t know all that. There is no sufficient supervision. But we are now going to invade these forests. Our people cannot continue suffering, even suffering from sanctions imposed by the United States; the United States has a lot of land occupied by their people as safari owners.

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They can’t have it both ways.

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If they want to be friends, they must be friendly with us in total and we allow them to have some safaris.

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They can’t say: “Allow our people to visit, allow our people to have safaris, kill our lions and take the trophies to America . . . Allow them also to dig for diamonds and gold.”

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Ah, ah.

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I have said we fought for political independence.

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It’s now time you and me become owners, not of the vote, but of that which the vote brought us. We are owners of the land, not owners of the total land of Zimbabwe. Not yet.

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And for that matter, we are not owners of the animals in our forests. Not yet. We are not yet owners of what is under fauna and flora. Yes, we have diamonds. Yes, we have gold, copper, chrome, coal, etcetera. But these are yet to come into our hands and this is where I have a problem.

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I hope the youths, as they link up with young men who go to universities, who have degrees in geology, in mining engineering and other studies like that . . . to get them to realise that this knowledge we are giving you, these skills we are giving you are skills that must go with the story of our independence.

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Use them as skills to exploit our resources for ourselves, for our Zimbabwean people.

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And don’t come from the university just ready to go and work for the Europeans. That’s a very wrong disposition in our education. You come from the university: “Aah, ndinoda basa”, asi waiita engineering. Isu tiri kuti basa ka iri; migodhi ka iyi. Put yourselves together and Government will help you with equipment. We will do our best to help you to get the necessary technology.

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But what do we get?

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You put people together, even as they work in parastatals, they begin to steal. Ndozvavanongoda. Wovaisa pamwe chete, even maaccounts avanonzi vakaita, mari dzavanhu vave kuba. Now, our universities and institutions of learning selling seeds watshontshela abantu, kubira vanhu vavo.

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Maisa mari dzenyu mumabank, vanotora vogovana. Dzimwe nguva zvinonzi tichadzorera, tichadzorera, asi vamwe vanoti ndobasa redu. Iye zvino tiri kutambudzika. Takabata vamwe vari kuseenzera VaChinamasa. VaChinamasa vanotambura kunouya nemari, kunotsvaga mari.

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Voti tatsvaga mari yekubatsira agriculture or yokumutsa some of our dying factories.

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“Mauya. Imarii?”

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“US$10 million.”

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Yoiswa kumabank, yonzi ichapihwa maindustries acho, ivo vofana vaita chiindustry chine zita rachowo. VaChinamasa vanenge vasingazivewo kuti kana yanzi this one is Chimuti Industry chakavambwa rinhi. Zvino maaccounts ane mazita asiri avo kuti ndivo maowners.

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Mari yoiswa kumabanks sezvazvinonzi inosungirwa kuenda kunobatsira maindustry, anaChimuti nevamwe ivo zvino ndopavanoisa mazita avo. Ndivo maowners anaChimuti. Voti kuye kwaiswa mari, “Transfer money to this industry yanaChimuti”, kwavari ikoko.

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Ava vekubank vachingoti tiri kuita zviri kudiwa neministry. Uyu ndidirector wekuministry ari kuti transfer the money, saka haarambi. Yaenda mari ikoko, vaakunogovana. Ndovamwe vatakabata musi uno uyu. Asi ndovamwe chete vatabata. Ko vatisati tabata?

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Zvino toisa vanhu vakadii?

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Madirector anonzi ndidirector muMinistry of Finance, in the ministry that we are supposed to have utmost honesty. If you are an accountant, vanhu vakaita financial studies banking and so on, you are not taught those skills in order for you to go out and steal.

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And if you are not honest, if you are a liar, then you are anti-revolutionary.

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You are just not a people’s leader or even a good neighbour to ordinary people.

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So, what people are we if, as we are given jobs, we start to look for chances of cheating? If that job is one which makes you manage some money, you must be absolutely honest.

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We are today saying the “Gamatox” wanted to overthrow the President.

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You will remember that meeting of the youth. They had not prepared for it. They had not put any food and now we have discovered some of the money that had been given towards Congress. . .where did it go? Those are some of the things that we are now discovering and what we discovered, in fact, that some of the money was misused.

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Vanofira mujeri.

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You are not there to just. . . cheating, cheating and cheating and even cheating at a high level of members of the Politburo vanonoita divert funds in order to strengthen themselves somewhere and begin to give these funds.

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Mamwe mafunds aipihwa nanaTongat Hulett achitakuriswa vamwe vatakabvisa kunopa ivo ve”Gamatox” kuti vaumbe simba ravo.

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This is what has been happening and some funds have actually been organised by others honestly (and) were handed over to the seniors for Congress and even for the youth.

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But we never saw them.

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There was absolutely nothing.

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Ndakati kunaVaMutasa, “Ko, tiratidzei. Takaita committee. Imi makanga muri mucommittee yefinance, organising for Congress, what money did you get?”

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“Ahh, handina kunyatsoziva. Bvunzai ngana nangana.”

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But you were Secretary for Administration and for that matter, not only Secretary for Administration, but a person in the Office of the President in charge of intelligence and security. Ndichivanzirwa. Ndoyanga iri intelligence and security, zvino ndakati aiwa ndombozvionera.

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Anyway, we managed to know quite a lot, even vanaAmai Mujuru zvavaiita kumba kwavo kugadzira vanhu nen’anga. Pamwe. . . heheee, zvatinomboitwa! Kwakagobatwa nyungururwi. Ndanga ndisingazive kuti dzinosiyana parudzi kuti dzinoita macolours akasiyana, two, imwe yainzi itsvuku, imwe yaiva nerumwe rudzi.

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Nyungururwi munodziziva; dzinomanya manya dziya idzi, ndokuiswa muchirongo chine mvura. Imwe ndoyainzi Mugabe, imwe Mujuru zvichirovana ipapo. Ndokubva ndamboitwa nyungururwi ini. Zvatinoitwa kwatinenge tisiri uko! And recently, kwakatorwa maNigerian maviri. Akauya (maNigerian) anonzi ah zvishwaturo. Zvishwaturo ehe pakubira vanhu nenjere, vanhu vakapusa.

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Vakauya zvikanzi: “Ah, zvatinoita. . .zvinoitwa netsika yedu, tsvagai huku gumi. Iyi Mugabe, iyi Mai Mugabe, iyi Mnangagwa.” NanaChombo futi aive neyakewo.

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Vakati vasvika gumi vainzi ava ndovari kundidzivisa, zvikanzi ah tinovabisa nemaNigerian iwayo.

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Zvikanzi: “Chekai musoro. Gwa! Mugabe ndobva achekwa. Guu! Mai Mugabe ndobva vachekwa. Chakangosara chava chimutumbi chisina musoro. Mnangagwa nekwakewo puu. MaNigerians iwayo. Ropa rakazunzwa ipapo hameno zvehun’anga hwacho zvainzi havararame kusvika pazuva ratiinaro nhasi iri.

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Zvikanzi ah, izvozvo zvakanga zvichiitwa ivo vanzi bisai hembe, bisai hembe, mazamu pachena, kungosara uku chete uku. Mai vatakaenda navo kuChimurenga. Zvikanzi hazvina kukwana. Handeyi kuprazi kuBeatrice. Uko ndokwakanouraiwa shanu. Mugabe wafa apa hameno kuti anga achazonomuka futi ava hwai.

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Ndakati ah iwo maNigerian iwaya, simba racho anoritora kupi rekuti vabve vatiisa muhuku kana muhwai, tofira tiri muhuku kana muhwai? Mwari ndewe vanhu vese. Kana VaMugabe vanonamatawo inga. Asi zven’anga handiite. Ndakadzidziswa dzidzo dzekwaMwari.

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And our youths, please get away from superstition, learn your skills. Go to church, yes, but believe in yourself.

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Some of our investors, they want to come and invest, they get into a ministry, talk to the minister. Minister woti: “Aah, for me to take you to my President, kunenge kuchidiwa mari yakati yokubatsira party.”

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Mazviona. Varikuhwanda neyi?

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Or: “If we are to discuss seriously the investment project you want to start, you must pay so much.”

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Or kuenda kumacompanies woti kuri kudiwa mari yakati kuti ikubatsire murambe muri protected. Those things are happening and I am sure you know them. Expose them, don’t be quiet. The youth must expose them. And in doing so, you are being revolutionary, supporting the revolution.

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Believe also that we can do all things for ourselves. We don’t need the white man to continue to guide us, to build the little things here. Aah, toda murungu kuti avake. No! We are well-equipped now with skills, but we lack the skill of organising ourselves to form companies, partnerships.

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Or even if you want to form your own company alone: You will do it and employ others. And there is no reason why we will reject a well-formed company, well-motivated, with good aims. We will support it. So, we must believe in our total emancipation, the total emancipation of our people.

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Look at the people now with a bit of land, with A1 – vane six hectares. They have devoted one or two hectares to the growing of tobacco, even in the communal areas, even one acre or so. I am sure you have heard the story of their earnings. Some of them are earning much more than you get by way of employment under some boss or others (self-employed).

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And we are beginning to wonder whether the big hectarages that we have given people under A2 are being put to good use. No! Vanhu vakangoda mafarms akakura. Munhu akanzi wawana 100 hectares woti that’s a small farm? That’s a large farm if you really can use it!

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Grow tobacco, grow cotton, grow cabbages, grow potatoes. You can become rich by using just half a hectare to grow potatoes, properly doing it. It becomes quite worthy, but some farms, mainly, are not being put to good use. And we shall be revising farm sizes because we need land for others who don’t have it and also for those future generations.

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And the future generation is actually the immediate one of people who are growing now; the teenagers, and tomorrow they will be in their 20s or maybe in their 30s.

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Africa’s population has been defined as a youthful population and the scenario in our own country testifies to that and yet young people are among the victims of the corruption I made reference to. But they have also suffered as we suffer from sanctions. They have also been victims of sanctions, which have disabled the capacity of their parents, of their elders.

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So, their elders were in positions where they couldn’t earn maximally from their efforts and so they couldn’t provide for their families, perhaps as much as they may have desired to do so.

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Because the Government has recognised the important role played by the youth in development and nation-building, Parliament has now ratified the Africa Youth Charter as well as reviewing the National Youth Policy.

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Youth empowerment forms a pillar of our holistic goal to empower the nation.

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It exists side by side with other sustainable development goals such as gender equality, poverty eradication, employment, self-employment creation, as well as general employment creation; skills development, education, among others key developmental indicators.

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So, our youths cannot cry foul at all unless there is mismanagement of this facility. So, make your choice. Develop your skills; have them developed. Study more and acquire skills studying, and then when you reach ‘O’ level, you can go and acquire the skill you might want, the diploma you might want and proceed onto the university, if you want.

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But you can acquire building skills, carpentry skills, agriculture skills after ‘O’ level; with professional courses also. We are happy that educationally, we have done our best for our country and thus we are a leader in Africa. As a country, we have progress in youth empowerment as evidenced by the various interventions made by Government.

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These include, but are not limited to, the education-for-all policy and Presidential scholarships, cadet scholarship programmes that we have mounted in local higher and tertiary education institutions. We no longer need scholarships to send people to South Africa in as many numbers as we used to do because we have our own universities, which can take care of many of our students.

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Our public and private partnerships have since independence empowered most of our people in general and the youth in particular. Recognising that young people are not homogeneously gifted, you are not gifted in the same way; with some excelling in academics while others are doing well in practical subjects, my Government has active plans to establish at least one vocational training centre in every district throughout the country, a vocational centre in every district; not province.

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Since some young people do well in the arts and sports, the Government has set up the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture and is in the process of developing a National Sports Policy. We must train or help to train our sports people, having dreams, having instructional programmes in schools.

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In line with the mandate to ensure youth development, a whole Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenidation and Empowerment has been created to ensure that these aims are achieved.

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The Ministry seeks, among other things, to facilitate youth employment-creation, skills development and high moral standards in our youths. This should be achieved through national service which aims to inculcate discipline, patriotism, selflessness and self-sacrifice.

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So, we want to announce that National Service Training is very important indeed and we would want to get to a stage where every student will have gone through National Service Training at ‘O’ level. So, we want to build resources towards that – do it progressively until we have enough funds to cover the whole country.

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Furthermore, we should have a paradigm shift in education; in other words our education system is stereotyped. There is too much emphasis on just academic substance. This shift should see us reviewing our education curriculum, bringing it in line with the current national aspiration of creating employers rather than employees out of our education system.

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To educate students for self-employment rather than for employment under institutes — we will do both. To further advance this objective, Government has put in place a ministry responsible for what we call the psychomotor skills. Psycho refers to the mind, psychomotor is the use of hands — motor skills.

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So mind and manual skills.

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Carpentry is psychomotor; building is psychomotor; agriculture, too, knitting, cooking – those are all psychomotor skills. We believe this will go a long way in producing a production-oriented education, which encompasses both in line with the mandate to ensure youth development.

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Indigenisation and empowerment have been created to ensure that this is achieved. The ministry seeks, among other things, to facilitate youth employment creation, skills development and high moral standards as I have already said.

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At party level, youths have been given an increased role in political decision-making and this is what we have done. VaTogarepi, political decision-making.

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We do not want you to be in a position, which we think for you. We want you to think for yourself and even think for us as well. Yes, there will be some decisions made by the elders here and there, but there must also be plans that come out of your own thinking. Things that you think we must do to promote the youth and the policy of just having the youth there and us just saying: “Do this, do that.”

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No.

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That should go. The youth are there. We, of course, have programmes of this nature, but think out what programmes you can do in addition to programmes that we might also think together.

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Now, apart from being in our party structures as leaders, more of you men and women are now in our Parliament with a few in the Executive. We also would like to see the youths play a more vivid and increased role in owning the means of production in the various sectors of our economy, especially in agriculture, tourism to mention just a few.

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What can you do? What would you want to do in agriculture, in mining, in tourism, in manufacturing?

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Our party and Government shall continue to review our policies. However, the youths should take advocacy and conscious action for behavioral change. They should shun all immoral and life-destroying behaviour and conduct. Corruption should be avoided.

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Our youths should be responsible and disciplined in addition to having ambitions to do great things for the nation and their families. Hence, we condemn in the strongest terms the increase in drugs and alcoholic substance abuse. Drug-taking, drinking of alcohol and taking of substances that intoxicate, and then you abuse other young people.

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Without discipline, surely, our youths will be doomed. We want to see moral empowerment advocacy. We want the teaching which comes out of Christianity to be real, to be practical. Zvanga zvichitaurwa naBaba Wutawunashe pano. We want to see you become leaders of tomorrow.

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I would like to conclude by paying tribute to the Youth League national executive for putting such a good act together as they went about organising this year’s 21st February Movement celebrations. We all agree that it has been a splendid event indeed. I would want to thank you most heartily for continuing to perpetuate just what I believe as being my contribution to the welfare of my people and which you now take as exemplary behaviour, conduct, commitment and sacrifice.

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I know you said it was very hard to bring about this event, to make it happen this way and I know the hardship is usually not just travelling. It is the hardship from one place to another. But it is difficult to get support, finance or material support from people.

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But when you mounted an event of this nature yourselves – and its done in this beautiful way – in this manner which really incorporates the activities of many and host many guests than just me and my family, then you are creating a precedent which will be followed in each of the years to follow and people will ask you if you fail to mount it.

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“What about your event? Aren’t you doing your event this year?”

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But I am sure you will not forget and events, naturally, as they roll out will always suggest to you that the day 21st February is celebrated. I thank you for all the messages, congratulatory messages, as, indeed, they were all; for all the tributes that have come to me from everyone who spoke even in the prayers said by VaWutawunashe.

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Well, I worked alongside my peers.

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I was never ambitious; I never knew I would become a President, really.

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I just did my work as was given – in the National Democratic Party, in Zapu.

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Not a single one – not a single comrade I worked with – will ever say I complained about the job I had been given or I expressed the desire to get another job at the top – never ever. Whatever I was given was sufficient to make me very busy in contributing what I could towards the growth and development of the party and towards the growth and development of our struggle.

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But others along the way said I could lead and I accepted that leadership, that choice of me. I want to say even then I have done my best. I have never worked in a manner that I was the only one who can do things.

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What I have always refused to do is work outside principle, outside what we would have determined as the programmes within the orbit of definite principles. And that is why I said to myself, “If we are to liberate our country, we have got to sacrifice ourselves. It doesn’t matter if you are sentenced to jail. It doesn’t matter along the way death might visit you.”

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But I was lucky the bombs of the enemy missed me and even poisoned parcels that were sent to me in Maputo were discovered before the parcel bombs were opened.

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But I was sorry that at one time one of our young men decided to open a parcel bomb addressed to me and there was the explosion that killed him.

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He was together with Webster Shamu.

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So, we were very sorry. He should not have done that and he knew that if you suspected a parcel, then you had to go to the disposal by the experts. But I, it’s obvious, have escaped the hand of the enemy and we are glad that we still have a few with us. Others have been taken by the Hand of God, ordinary death; we are not with them.

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But we still have several others that I can still work with and we discuss, we dialogue and we see the pros and cons of any project or anything that we are about to decide and finally, I might take my decision on the basis of that discussion. I want to thank you and I do not just personally, but together with my wife and family; that you have done us proud, proud that the youth, our youth are exemplary.

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They are revolutionary. They are committed. They have commitment. That degree of sacrifice and working to the hardships that you made reference to; that we can rely upon you to carry the struggle. But don’t get swayed from the correct path.

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Continue as long as you are convinced that you are right.

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Right will always succeed against wrong.

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Thabo Mbeki addressed the United Nations at one time. He ended by saying, well, by condemning that there were countries that believed in the use of might. To them might is right. I remarked that might is not always allowed to be right. Right is also might, right is might.

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Once you are principled, you say come hell come what, I stand. This is where I stand and this is what I did.

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Sanctions yes, but sanctions will not destroy. They may destroy my body, make me hungry, but will not destroy my stand on the principle that Zimbabwe is my country.

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Colonialism is wrong.

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Zimbabwe should never be a colony again and that is why I was able to say to Blair, “Zimbabwe is my country. I keep it, you can keep your England because it is your country.”

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That is you stand by principle because we have the right to ownership of our resources. Our land policy was right; we will not reverse it. That is principle. And I must admit that I was not alone. I was supported by all of you. There may be others who say, “No, takurambidzwa zvino.”

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Vamwe vaiti muchaona. Ndozvakataurwa naTsvangirai; zvanzi muchadya chii? Muchazviona. Munoti kwete, varungu vaenda. Varungu chavo change chiri chii? Chavo change chiri chekuti, rimai apa, yenza lo, na lo, isu tova enzela lo, na lo, vowana pundutso topihwa isu mafufu. Lo na lo munyika maani? Our country lo na lo, ghoridhe raani? Redu? Ko tikazvitorera tikazvienzela lo, na lo.

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Tikazvi mainira handiti totofara kuti nezuro vaititi timusevenzere tichimupa ghoridhe, nezuro vaititi tisevenzere tichimurimira fodya, zvinotaa kuzviitira, lo, na lo. Fodya yava yedu, lo na lo. Chokwadi yava yangu nemukadzi wangu. Takuita mabale ataakutengesawo tichiwana mari. Tatoita mota, tatoita furniture, tatoita TV kumba kwedu. Iyesu tainzi lo, na lo.

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That’s what we want to do: Stand on principle because principle is right and principle is might. Right is might. I want to say ndinotenda Mai vaka ndiimbira chimbo changu, chavakambo ndiimbira marumwezuro, Mai Suluma. Zvatino ita zvese tina Mwari, ndiMwari anopa hupenyu. Tinomutenda. NdiMwari akandipa hupenyu hwandinhawo. Ndinomutenda. Asi Mwari kana akupa hupenyu, ochiwona kuti wahushandisawo nekumutenda.

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Iye haati unonditenda nekupfugama dakara mabvi arwadza. Aiwa. Munamato uripo. Inga akati ziva kuti une vavakidzani, vavakidzani vaunawo, your neighbour should be your friend. Help your neighbour. Our neighbour isu takati ahh musangano ungagoti mumwe chete here neighbour.

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It’s a whole nation.

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We were set up by the nation to lead it, in fight, not a fight of Zanu or Zapu exclusively, but Zanu and Zapu, we the people among the people, for the people. So, again we say, ah, we won the struggle and it shall not be just Zanu and Zapu to say we won the struggle.

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It is the people now who will say we won the struggle.

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Independence is not for Zapu and Zanu. Independence is the people’s right of freedom. All the people at one. All the people now have the right to the land they fought for. All the people must be equal and treated equally. It doesn’t matter where they are; how poor they are.

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All of them are equal. They must be treated equally. Vana vaende kuchikoro nyika yese, kwete kuti vanzi ava ndovanofunda. Ava havafunde. Zvatakatoitwa tichatanga, kuti hamukwanise kufundisa vose, hamunga wani mari yacho, IMF. Ingosarudzai kuti mungafundisa vamwe here vanokwanirana nemari yenyu.

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Tikati ayiwa, kamari katinako ikako tinovagovera. Asi ivo tinovati nyika yava yedu tese isu. Vekuhurumende hatina mari yakakwana. Ngativakei zvikoro tikuisei muzvikoro, tokutsvagirai mateacher. Ndozvatakaita. Ndokusaka rava ndandanda. We recognised it in our country.

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We recognisaed we had to work for our children; all of us. All children are entitled to go to school. We must not just keep them, not just give them food of the stomach, but we must give them food of the mind, all of them.

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Equality, equality, equality!

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That they must tell us the story: you and me are friends and not enemies. Yes, you and me maybe brothers. We may quarrel. “He-e, iwe wandinyanya iwe. Haumboitawo basa here pano pamba? It’s a brotherly quarrel at home. But you are my brother; I am your brother.

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I should not steal from you, I should not kill you. I should not make you suffer in your country, which is your own. You need peace, peace, peace. Peace begins with me, peace begins with you, peace begins with all of us. There you are. We thank you for doing to us, my family, your neighbours in Zimbabwe, yes your neighbours who are leading, doing us this proud.

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We shall never forget it.

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VaTogarepi, thank you.

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To the youth, thank you for the energies. Thank you to all those who helped you directly or indirectly. Mai Suluma handigone kukutendai zvakakwana. Ndopedzesera ndichiti: Musangano wedu ngawuenderere mberi.

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Pambili lokubambana

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Pambili lo Zanu PF.

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May the Almighty God bless you, bless us all in abundance.

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Ngiyabonga

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