Zimbabweans celebrated the 40th anniversary of Heroes’ Day on Monday amid the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the nation.
In a televised speech, the day was held without the usual festivities and fanfare due to the current lockdown in place. According to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the occasion occupies a special place in the history and development of the country as the nation takes time to pay tribute to fallen heroes and heroines who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of the country from British colonial rule.
“Let us, however, not lose heart or be discouraged but look back to our rich history and draw lessons from our departed, who since the 1980s, united and showed resilience in their gallant fight against oppressive forces,” Mnangagwa said.
He urged the nation to remain united, continue to foster peace and defend its natural resources for the development of the nation.
The government was also prioritizing the security and welfare of people that have been left vulnerable due to COVID-19, Mnangagwa said, adding that his government’s resolve to fighting corruption was unwavering.
“The corrupt way is shut and those who choose that route will face dire consequences,” Mnangagwa said.
In light of the upsurge in COVID-19 infections and deaths, the nation needs to be more vigilant in fighting the scourge, he said.
Zimbabwe has recorded 4,649 COVID-19 cases including 104 deaths and 1,437 recoveries as of Sunday.