Zimbabwe: Zim@40: Still Standing, Going Strong

Zanu-PF Cape District Youth League.

Cape Town — Though the world is in sombre and dire times, we take this time to savour the freedom our fathers fought for as we celebrate the resilience of Zimbabwe, the unity of her people and their determination to see a better Zimbabwe for everyone. We look at where we are coming from and deliberate on where we are headed. There is work yet to be done, but we are proud of you Zimbabwe for standing the test of time, for carrying on the ethos instilled in you through both Chimurenga Struggles and for your spirit of Ubuntu.

In the last forty years, more schools have been built which have indiscriminately educated masses of Zimbabweans, this has been accompanied by dynamic shifts in curriculums ensuring that the level of education received matches global standards.

As a country we revere the natural resources that God has given us and entrusted the government to distribute equitably. The government is seized with ensuring the continuation of empowerment for the majority and as Zimbabweans we need to realise what those who fought for the liberation already knew – that Zimbabwe has within herself everything she needs to prosper.

The liberation struggle was for land, majority rule and for prosperity, but today Zimbabwe is shackled in sanctions. She tries to radiate her beauty through her fertile land and the vast minerals she hosts, but at every turn sanctions lift their head in attempt to stop her.

Sanctions were imposed on Zimbabwe at the height of land redistribution, they sought to cut off trade and investment from Zimbabwe and are now being used as a dangling carrot in exchange for her sovereignty. Sanctions have always been a tool to control our country and were imposed with the hopes that if Zimbabwe is cut off from global investment and trade platforms; land redistribution would be reversed ultimately nullifying the gains of the liberation struggle.

Our generational fight is for economic emancipation, we carry on the torch the selfless Chimurenga Liberators left us. Our fight cannot be won if we don't address and demand the removal of sanctions. This generation will fight against the evil sanctions, this generation will remind the world that Zimbabwe can fully flourish if sanctions are removed.

We have been liberated for forty years of Independence and yet half of these years have been ridden by illegally imposed sanctions. What joy does it bring to see a people with great potential suffer at your hands? Where is the humanity?

So today as we celebrate forty years of uhuru, we, in line with The President of Zimbabwe, Dr. E.D. Mnangagwa, 'thank Europe for softening its stance towards us and implore Washington to lift these illegal sanctions against us without any preconditions.'

Free Zimbabwe!

Free Africa!

Free Black people!

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