YOUTHS must acknowledge efforts made by President Mugabe during the liberation struggle and in the post-independence era to ensure Zimbabweans are totally free, Mashonaland Central Governor and Resident Minister Cde Martin Dinha said yesterday. He was speaking to more than 200 youths drawn from various provinces who participated in the Bob 89 Long Walk to Freedom from Harare to Bindura yesterday.
The march began at Zanu-PF headquarters at 5am and was meant to coincide with President Mugabe's birthday which fell yesterday.
Along the way, the youths planted 89 trees at different places among them Amai Grace Mugabe's children's home in Mazowe.
"We are excited by the initiative emanating from the youth of this country and it shows that history being taught to them is sinking into their minds," said Governor Dinha.
"The youths are reliving the legacy and the pain the President went through during the liberation struggle and it shows they acknowledge what was done such that they enjoy the prevailing freedom.
"They need to emphasise the journey of an iconic leader and a hero who worked relentlessly and conducted his duties for all people to benefit. This walk shows youths appreciate the long journey he travelled when he was incarcerated by the colonial regime.
"It is important for them to cherish the President's respect for human rights, propagating ideals of independence."
Spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Children of Freedom Fighters Association (ZCFFA), which organised the march, Cde Liberty Bizure, said they wanted to commemorate the long walk the President endured in search of independence.
"We walked to invoke a revolutionary spirit in youths and we want to have an experience of the long distance freedom fighters travelled while crossing to neighbouring countries for training and while fighting," he said.