HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday led Zimbabwe in celebrating 37 years of
political independence from Britain and underscored the need for Zimbabweans to
keep working hard to develop the economy.
He said after
gaining its independence, a major task for Zimbabwe was to robustly develop its
sacrifices which we endured were not in vain, for we attained our independence.
But the assignment is not yet complete. It is still incumbent upon all of us
Zimbabweans to work hard to translate into true meaning that freedom,
sovereignty and independence so it can have the meaning and significance we
desire,” Mugabe said in his address at the main independence celebration event
at the National Sports Stadium in the capital Harare.
independence celebrations ran under the theme: “Zimbabwe @ 37: Embracing ease of
doing business for socio-economic development.”
his government continues to pursue development programs and socio-economic
policies to consolidate the country’s independence.
independence in 1980, the government had put in place a number of programs aimed
at “transformation, sustenance and revitalization” of the country’s economy, he
(Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe speaks
during a rally to mark the Zimbabwe’s 37th Independence
anniversary at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, April
economic growth was expected to benefit from a bumper harvest expected this year
following good rains that were received after two years of consecutive drought.
also expected other key sectors of mining, manufacturing and tourism to perform
well this year due to several initiatives being implemented, Mugabe said.
the improved availability of power in the country, saying this would also spur
which in the past few years suffered debilitating power cuts due to severely
reduced power generation capacity, has not had load shedding for the past 15
months due to improved local generation augmented by imports from neighboring
South Africa and Mozambique.
Hydro is also carrying out an expansion project at the country’s second largest
power plant, Kariba Hydro Power Station to add 300 megawatts.
completion of this project is expected to further stabilize power generation in
the country and boost economic growth.
celebrated its birthday, Mugabe urged the country’s security forces to remain
vigilant in safeguarding the country’s national sovereignty, territorial
integrity and independence.
“I want to
urge the security forces to remain vigilant, remembering that the enemy is ever
ready to pounce on any sign of laxity and weakness our part.
"We must celebrate
as a vigilant nation,” he said.
He also urged
Zimbabweans to remain united and patriotic, ensuring that “we all belong to
Zimbabwe regardless of our differences whether these are religious, tribal,
political or any other.”
thousands of Zimbabweans thronged the 50,000-seat National Sports Stadium in
Harare to celebrate the Independence Day where they were treated to various
kinds of entertainment including security forces and school children’s displays,
music and dance.
match between local teams Dynamos and Highlanders is also part of the
throughout the country also thronged nine other provincial centers to celebrate
the day where Ministers of State read Mugabe’s speech.
China’s Sinohydro eyes Harare road
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
China’s Sinohydro, which earlier this year expressed interest in
helping Harare City Council upgrade its water and sewerage system, also wants to
invest in rehabilitation and upgrading of the city’s roads, according to council
The company has submitted an expression of interest proposing to undertake a
detailed study of the project that also seeks to turn some of the roads into
The city’s director of works Phillip Pfukwa recently wrote to the council
seeking approval and authority to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a
feasibility study on the project to begin, state media reported Wednesday.
Zimbabweans travelling to Botswana by road will recall the major
rehabilitation of the 80-km highway from Ramokgwebana on the other side of the
Plumtree border post to Francistown by the state-owned Sinohydro.
Sinohydro is currently involved in the proposed construction of Kunzvi Dam to
the north of Harare, which will boost water supplies to the city, as well as
power station rehabilitation and expansion at Kariba Hydro Power Station.
It also awaits financial closure so that it begins work on the expansion of
Hwange Thermal Power Station in north-western Zimbabwe where generation capacity
will be boosted by 600 megawatts in a job that will last 42 months.