Affirm and reaffirm our unity as a people – ED

By Ruvimbo Chatyoka and Nomthandazo Gabi
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa implored Zimbabweans to preserve the peace and unity prevailing in the country, as the nation celebrated 33rd years since the signing of the Unity Accord, which united ZANU PF and PF-ZAPU, on the 22nd December 1987.
During the liberation struggle, both ZANLA and ZIPRA progressively came together and fought against settlers as a united front. The Unity Accord is, thus deeply rooted in our history.
The historic accord ended the disturbances which had flared up soon after Independence and threatened to split and rip the nation apart.
President Mnangagwa said, “This accord laid a strong and lasting foundation for our national unity, itself, the bedrock of the stability and amity we continue to enjoy as a united people”.
Furthermore, His Excellency highlighted that “All generations, all citizens and all leaders of this nation must continue to renew, affirm and reaffirm our unity as a people. We should never tire to work for national unity, to think, act and to live true to its dictates,” said President Mnangagwa.
The nation is celebrating the Unity Accord since it is a national ethic and value, which rises above party politics. It is a core part of processes, which founded our nation and keeps the nation together.
President Mnangagwa emphasized that the nation should remain united because unity is the backbone of the nation’s sovereignty; it also recovers and boost the economy, maintains harmony and eternal peace of the nation and promotes democracy.
The Accord was signed on 22nd December 1987, by the nation’s two founding leaders, veteran nationalists and freedom fighters; Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe (ZANU PF); and Cde Joshua Mgabuko Nkomo, on behalf of PF ZAPU.
Sadly, the two leaders of our Independence struggle and signatories to this watershed document have since departed. However, their epochal works and deeds make them live beyond their lifetime and they will be forever remembered and honoured as founders and makers of the nation.

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