Mugabe sees a different Zimbabwe


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President Robert Mugabe seems to be seeing a different Zimbabwe from that most people are seeing where the country seems to be stagnant and things are falling apart. Instead he has been seeing signs of growth and recovery which was only disrupted by El Nino which unleashed the worst drought in living memory.

He said this during his address to the nation yesterday to mark the country’s 36th anniversary.

Below is his full address:

Address by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Comrade R. G. Mugabe on the occasion of Zimbabwe’s 36th Independence Day celebrations, Harare, 18th April, 2016.

Honourable Vice President, Comrade Emmerson Mnangagwa and Mrs Mnangagwa,

Honourable Vice President, Comrade Phelekezela Mphoko and Mrs Mphoko,

Honourable President of the Senate, Mai Edna Madzongwe,

Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda,

The Chief Justice, Honourable Godfrey Chidyausiku,

Honourable Ministers,

Honourable Members of Parliament,

Service Chiefs,

Families of Heroes of the Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle,

War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Detainees and Restrictees,

Your Excellencies Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Esteemed Foreign Guests and Visitors,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Comrades and Friends.


May I welcome you all to the national celebrations of 36 years of our hard-won freedom and sovereignty. Celebrations are indeed taking place throughout the country, signifying that we are now a people fully enjoying the right of self-determination and self-actualisation. We should, however, always remember that our Independence did not come on a silver platter, for many lives were lost and many were maimed or scarred for life during the bitter liberation struggle.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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