‘We have a duty to record our history’

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David Muchagoneyi

Harare - Zimbabwe marked the 40th anniversary of its National Heroes Day with President Emmerson Mnangagwa emphasising the importance of Africans recording and sharing their history.

This year's celebrations were held without the usual pomp and fanfare due to the health regulations adopted to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The celebrations were held under the theme, "Celebrating 40 years of Independence and Democracy under the Second Republic".

President Mnangagwa said, "We must as a people appropriate our liberation war heritage and shape the narratives by telling our own journey to freedom and independence.

"As such, my administration shall expedite the documentation of the story of our liberation struggle and associated historical heritage.”

President Mnangagwa said his government had started renaming major roads and buildings to reflect the country's history as well as that of Africa.

In his televised address, Zimbabwe's leader said the government had begun construction of monuments to honour men and women who dedicated their lives to the country’s liberation.

"These initiatives must help us to rekindle our national identity, pride, dignity, and culture. Such is the heritage we must bequeath to the future generations.    

"At the continental level, Zimbabwe is honoured to be the host of the Museum of the African Liberation History, which catalogues African history and resistance to colonial oppression from the 1890s until the attainment of political independence."

Zimbabwe attained its independence after fighting a brutal war against the Ian Smith regime from 1966, when the first shots were fired, until April 18, 1980 when the British flag was lowered.

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