Chamisa calls on Zimbabweans to commemorate Independence Day tomorrow


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Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa today called on Zimbabweans to commemorate Independence Day tomorrow and “reflect on the supreme national sacrifice in which the sons and daughters of Zimbabwe paid the ultimate sacrifice while some lost their limbs so that the whims of future generations could walk again”.

He said in his Road to Victory message send out every Tuesday that the MDC would be joining the rest of the nation tomorrow in commemorating the heroic act of Zimbabweans in consigning colonial oppression to the dustbins of history.

“The only challenge is to finish the outstanding business of that struggle for which so many Zimbabweans died,” he said.  

“Some of us are proud of the liberation legacy and the successful quest by Zimbabweans to reclaim their dignity from an oppressive colonial regime…….

“Our only wish is to complete the outstanding business of our independence so that political independence would truly mean the advent of freedoms and the proper respect for the right to vote which was at the core of our protracted national struggle. The land and the right to vote were at the epicenter of the people’s struggle.”

The MDC has previously boycotted national events but Chamisa says these are national days which must not be dominated by the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.

Full text:

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Riding on the liberation dividend: Let us commemorate our independence

Tomorrow is Independence Day and every patriotic Zimbabwean must take time to reflect on the supreme national sacrifice in which the sons and daughters of this land paid the ultimate sacrifice while some lost their limbs so that the whims of future generations could walk again.

Some of us are proud of the liberation legacy and the successful quest by Zimbabweans to reclaim their dignity from an oppressive colonial regime.

Even as a post-liberation political formation, we stand for the continuation and perpetuation and not the negation or opposition of the liberation project. We are proud and patriotic Zimbabweans and tomorrow we will be joining the rest of the nation in paying tribute to that invaluable chapter in our national story.

Our only wish is to complete the outstanding business of our independence so that political independence would truly mean the advent of freedoms and the proper respect for the right to vote which was at the core of our protracted national struggle. The land and the right to vote were at the epicenter of the people’s struggle.

In many ways, the sanctity of our struggle has been undermined, if not hijacked, by a selected few who have betrayed the noble aspirations of Zimbabweans when they waged that brutal struggle. As a post-liberation political formation, we anchor our own struggles on the liberation struggle, its values and aspirations.

We truly honour the liberation effort.

Tomorrow, we will be joining the rest of the nation in commemorating the heroic act of Zimbabweans in consigning colonial oppression to the dustbins of history. The only challenge is to finish the outstanding business of that struggle for which so many Zimbabweans died.  

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