APRIL 18 will be a day to celebrate our independence as well as a day for retrospection and Zimbabweans should go down memory lane and reflect, take stock and remember those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom that is enjoyed in the country, a senior ZANU PF official has said.
Zimbabwe's independence was as a result of a protracted liberation struggle by the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) and Zimbabwe African People's Union (PF-ZAPU) through the leadership of President Robert Mugabe and the late Father Zimbabwe Cde Joshua Nkomo.
ZANU PF National Chairman, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said the freedom that Zimbabwe enjoys today was as a result of the selflessness that was exhibited by our departed heroes and heroines', adding that the youth must celebrate this victory against the imperialists.
"Independence day is a day to reflect, take stock and remember those who sacrificed their lives for us to enjoy our freedom, a day which ushers in challenges particularly to the young generation, vis-à-vis our destiny as a country, a day which we owe to our fallen and living heroes and heroines for the freedom and the new life enjoyed by the generality of our people.
"It must be understood that the two former liberation movements, ZANU PF and PF-ZAPU and their two respective armies ZANLA and ZIPRA liberated this country from oppression, repression and suppression.
"We owe it to the leadership of our two revolutionary icons, President Robert Mugabe and the late Dr Joshua Nkomo for having spearheaded the liberation struggle to its logical conclusion," he said.
Cde Moyo said ZANU PF and PF-ZAPU alluded to form the patriotic front and went to Geneva, Malta and finally the Lancaster House conference as one and this oneness contributed immensely to the unity of the people of Zimbabwe although the two parties went to the 1980 polls as independent entities.
He said the oneness was further seen even after the 1980 polls where the two political parties later on signed the historic Unity Accord of 1987 which he said was irreversible.
Cde Moyo said it was incumbent upon all revolutionaries to jealously guard the Unity Accord.
Since independence ZANU PF has posted a lot of successes especially on infrastructure development, health, education, land reform programme, and now the indigenization and economic empowerment.
Cde Moyo said Zimbabweans liberated themselves politically, thus they should economically liberate themselves, adding that the day must be celebrated as a family taking into account ZANU PF's motto which is Unity, Peace and Development.