INDEPDENCE Day is not work celebrating because of the “poverty around us and the extreme suffering of Zimbabweans”, opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said.
In his Independence Day message Tuesday, the former premier said Zimbabweans were commemorating 37 years of hard won independence in a nation privatised by parochial partisanship.
“Today (Tuesday), we commemorate 37 years of our hard-won independence,” said Tsvangirai.
“I advisedly say commemorate…and not celebrate because of stinking poverty around us and the extreme suffering of the people is not worth celebrating.
“Our current sad national predicament is not commensurate with the sacrifice we made as a nation in the brutal struggle for our independence.
“Today is a day for serious reflection on whether the despicable state of the nation and the sorry plight of the people can be regarded as the sum total of the true meaning of our independence.”
The MDC-T leader he would have wanted to take his family to join the national celebrations but lamented that “the great day has been privatized by a few elite who had hijacked and pick-pocketed the nation”.
“This important national day has been hijacked by the ruling elite. It is a big day now mired by cheap sloganeering in a move that excludes other political players from joining the rest of the country in celebrating our sacred struggle against colonialism.
“We now repress each other through partisan distribution of food, even maiming and killing others for belonging to a different political party. Let us not allow privatization of this great day in a manner that diminishes its true worth.”
Continued; “Let us not allow the stripping of our dignity by this uncaring Zanu PF regime and the abandonment of the cause for which so many died.
“Today, we even kill others for freely voting exercising their right to vote for a political party of their choice; a right for which so many sons and daughters of this land paid the ultimate price.”