THOUSANDS of Zimbabweans are today expected to converge at various provincial and district centres countrywide to celebrate Heroes Day in honour of thousands of gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who laid down their lives to liberate the country from colonial rule.
Heroes Day was set aside to celebrate the lives of Zimbabweans, living and dead, who put their lives on the line to liberate Zimbabwe from successive settler regimes beginning with the First Chimurenga in 1896 to the Second Chimurenga that flared on April 27 1966 with the battle of Chinhoyi till the attainment of independence on April 18 1980.
President Mugabe will lead the main celebrations at the National Heroes Acre in Harare with provincial governors officiating and reading his speech in the other nine provinces.
However, the MDC formations which are still smarting from the severe drubbing they received at the hands of Zanu-PF at the polls sent conflicting signals about participating in the national events.
Some MDC-T members said they would boycott the event claiming contestation over President Mugabe’s Presidency, a claim dismissed by legal experts who said in terms of the new Constitution, President Mugabe was President-elect but in terms of transitional provisions his Presidency derived from the last election under which ministers drawn from the MDC-T served.
The MDC yesterday said individual members were free to attend the celebrations.
Harare Metropolitan province acting Governor Mr Alfred Tome said they had completed preparations for the event, and people would be ferried to the main celebrations from their usual pick-up points.
He urged people to come up in their numbers to celebrate the sacrifices made by the selfless sons and daughters of Zimbabwe to free the country from the colonial yoke.
“We are now ready for the two big events that is the Heroes Day and the Defence Forces Day celebrations,” said Mr Tome.
“Transport is there and we are grateful that transporters have agreed to help us the same way they did during the Independence celebrations. These are national events and we are urging people across the political divide to come to the celebrations.”
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