Zimbabwe’s 39th Independence Day celebrations in pictures

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By Idah Mhetu

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa presided over his first Independence celebrations as Zimbabwe’s second elected executive leader on Thursday. In pouring rain he inspected a guard of honour as is tradition. Below are pictures of the main event in Harare as captured by

Helicopters fly past as President Emmerson Mnangagwa made his way into the National Sports Stadium for official proceedings

Numero Uno: President Mnangagwa makes his grand entrance, along with First Lady Auxillia, salutes the crowd

What has to be done has to be done even in rain. President Mnangagwa inspects the guard of honour

For the flag not even rain matters. Members of the Airforce brave the rains as proceedings continue unabated

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and his wife Marry got over their recent health problems to attend the celebrations

Half full or half empty. Part of the crowd that thronged the National Sports Stadium for the official Independence Day celebrations