The opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has said it acknowledges the effort and sacrifices of soldiers, war veterans, war collaborators and citizens who contributed to the attainment of independence in 1980. The party’s spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere made the remarks in the party’s statement issued Monday 8 August to commemorate Heroes Day. Pindula News presents the statement below:
WE CELEBRATE OUR HEROES
We join the nation in honouring Heroes’ Day as we look to the sacrifice made by those who fought on our behalf for the constitutional entitlement of one man, one vote. The liberation struggle was anchored on the fight for free, fair and credible elections. We seek to complete the mission in 2023 to ensure we win Zimbabwe for change by winning the election and taking power. As a citizens’ movement, the Citizens’ Coalition for Change acknowledges the effort and sacrifices of the soldiers, war veterans, war collaborators and citizens, living and departed, who contributed to attaining the liberation of our nation from colonial rule and citizen heroes who have raised the Zimbabwe’s flag high. The political persecution of citizens, election violence, the people’s mass suffering, hunger, poverty and unemployment are not what our heroes fought for. Freedom and democracy remain on trial as citizens are incarcerated. We call for the legacy of our heroes to be upheld through the respect of all citizens’ human dignity.
In the new Zimbabwe, the award of hero status will be a non-partisan, consultative, citizen-driven process that ensures that all citizens who deserve this honour are duly recognized. A proper and accurate history of the liberation struggle is taught and preserved in our education curriculum. We will also ensure the memory of heroes is preserved through the construction of museums and memorials and we will guarantee the welfare of war veterans.
Heroes’ Day belongs to all Zimbabwean citizens. We acknowledge and respect all national processes that relate to the history and legacy of Zimbabwe as this is the collective definition of our identity as a people. For this reason, the movement participates in these platforms, standing on the belief that these are national events not partisan processes. We do so for our country and for the collective being of the people. Accordingly, we assert that we are going to be represented at national events. Governance and the institutions that constitute the state are greater than any political party or sectarian interests.