By Staff Reporter
His Excellency the President and ZANU PF First Secretary Cde E.D Mnangagwa has revealed that this year’s 42nd Independence Day Celebrations will be held in Bulawayo for the first time since 1980 as part of the new dispensation's push for devolution and decentralisation.
The celebrations will be running under the theme “Zim@ 42- Leaving no one and no place behind”.
President Mnangagwa said this during ZANU PF's 361st Ordinary Session of the Politburo.
President Mnangagwa said that this year’s celebrations will be held in Bulawayo in line with the Second Republic’s devolution thrust.
“Recently, Cabinet resolved that this year’s 42nd Independence Day Celebrations will be held in Bulawayo. This landmark event will be the first to be held outside Harare since Independence which is testimony that ZANU PF is walking the talk with regards to devolution and the realisation of development that leaves no one and no place behind”, said President Mnangagwa.
Cabinet last week also announced that the Independence Day Celebrations and Children's Party would be held in Bulawayo.
“Cabinet reports that the 2022 Children’s Party and the 42nd Anniversary Independence Day Celebration will, for the first time in the history of the nation, be held in Bulawayo on the 17th and 18th April 2022, respectively under the theme “Zim@ 42- Leaving no one and no place behind”. This is in line with the Second Republic’s drive towards the promotion of national unity, devolution and decentralisation.
His Excellency the President will during the celebrations grace the soccer match between Highlanders and Dynamos football Clubs and handover the Presidential Independence Day Trophy to the winner.
During the past year’s, Independence celebrations were held in Harare at the National Sports Stadium. This year’s 42nd Independence Celebrations will for the first time in the history of Zimbabwe be held in outside Harare.
Zimbabwe attained its Independence on 18 April 2022, following a protracted war of liberation.
The 40th Independence celebrations that were supposed to be hosted in Bulawayo were postponed because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.