The Herald (Harare)

22 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Teens Reflect On Unity Day

Today is December 22 and as is the norm on this special day, Zimbabweans celebrate yet another important day on our calendar, Unity Day. It is a national holiday on which Zimbabweans remember the

signing of the Unity Accord on the same date in 1987, between the country's two liberation movements Zanu-PF and PF-Zapu.

December 22 is usually characterised by the Unity Gala, a musical extravaganza which brings together the country's finest musicians and this year, the gala was held in Gokwe on Friday December 14.

Another important feature on the Unity Day roaster is the soccer match between Zimbabwe's national women's senior team -- Mighty Warriors against any of the Sadc region's teams and today the Mighty Warriors play Botswana at Rufaro Stadium.

Cool Lifestyle conducted some interviews to try and understand how teenagers appreciate this special day in Zimbabwe's history.

"December 22, stands as a significant and historic milestone in Zimbabwe's quest for unity, built upon the historic Unity Accord signed between PF-Zapu and Zanu-PF which has ensured peace and development in the country," said 18-year-old Miriam Ncube of Bulawayo.

"I can describe Unity Day as a day that created a platform on which the country has built peace and stability currently prevailing in our nation after the signing of the 1987 treaty. This showed that people from different political backgrounds could come together for the benefit of the Zimbabwe," said Tamara Chaudire (18) of Gwanda.

Another teen from Mabvuku, Kelvin Dzepasi, said Unity Day means that Zimbabwe is a country that can solve its own internal issues.

Abigirl Mafuleka (18) of Msasa Park said to her, Unity Day means a day to celebrate peace and harmony.

"As Zimbabweans I believe we could not be enjoying ourselves the way we are doing today had President Mugabe and the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo not signed the Unity Accord. This treaty should remind us as the 'born-free generation' of the sacrifices made by several generations to ensure that Zimbabwe retains its sovereignty and independence," she said.

We believe you are going to value and respect this day as it gave the young generation the opportunity to chart its own destiny.

The day gave Zimbabwe a long- standing legacy of peace which should cherished and jealously guarded.

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