Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
At least 24 regional and international organisations are expected to attend the country’s 35th Independence anniversary whose main celebrations will be held at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on April 18.Briefing the media on the preparations for the celebrations, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo urged people to come in their numbers.
“The preparations for the 35th Independence anniversary are proceeding well. The traditional children’s party will be held on the 17th of this month at the City Sports Centre in Harare and the main celebrations will be at the National Sports Stadium the following day,” Minister Chombo said.
“Members of the diplomatic community have been invited and at least 24 regional and international organisations have also indicated that they will attend this year’s celebrations.”
Some of the organisations include delegations from liberation movements drawn from the region.
Minister Chombo added popular Zim dancehall artiste Tocky Vibes will entertain children at the children’s party while gospel musician Amai Charamba, sungura artiste Alick Macheso and many others will perform at the main event at the National Sports Stadium.
“I urge all political parties, churches and other organisations in Harare to urge their followers to come in their numbers as there will be a lot for festivities. Transport has been organised and buses will pick up people from the usual pick-up points,” he added.
Minister Chombo added that this year’s celebrations will be held alongside other events at district level.
“Our provincial administrators are working flat out to make sure that the provincial celebrations are held with a lot of fanfare while this year’s celebrations will also be held at district centres and the majority of wards countrywide,” Minister Chombo said.
Zimbabwe attained independence from British colonial rule on April 18, 1980 to end over 100 years of occupation.
The independence and democracy, however, did not come on a silver platter as over 50 000 lives were lost in a 14-year protracted armed struggle that forced the Ian Smith regime to the negotiating table at Lancaster House in Britain.