‘President Mugabe Deserves To Be Honoured For His Bravery’ -VP Mphoko

President Mugabe deserves to be honoured for his bravery when he embarked on the land reform programme that saw tens of thousands of previously marginalised blacks getting prime farming land, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has said. Addressing hundreds of new indigenous sugar cane farmers who benefited under the land reform programme at Mkwasine Estates in Chiredzi last week, VP Mphoko said President Mugabe was going to leave a long-lasting legacy through the land reform exercise.

He challenged Zimbabweans to exalt and extol local heroes instead of honouring foreign ones. “In Zimbabwe, we are lucky that we have President Mugabe who is going to leave a legacy of embarking on the land redistribution programme to give historically marginalised blacks land in their country of birth,” he said.

“The land some of you now have, in particular sugar cane plots for those who are here in Chiredzi, did not come from the Government, but from the spirit and resolve of President Mugabe.” VP Mphoko said Zimbabweans should take pride in who they are and strive to carve their own unique destiny instead of worshipping foreign heroes. He stressed that in President Mugabe and the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwe has its own founding fathers who shaped and inspired today’s political and socio-economic order.

“The truth that will never change is that President Mugabe and the late VP Nkomo are the founding fathers of our nation,” he said. “We should honour them for the legacy they are going to leave us. “Some of us take pride in honouring foreign heroes in Britain and America, but people in those countries will never do that to our own heroes.”

VP Mphoko urged Zimbabweans to hold the Unity Accord dear, describing those wishing for the collapse of the pact as day-dreamers.
Source: the herald


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