Hwange District Celebrates 44th Independence Day with Unity, Reflection, and Sport

Written by on April 22, 2024

Zimbabwe commemorated its 44th Independence Day across all 10 provinces, with the main festivities held in Manicaland Province under the theme “Unity, Peace, and Development Towards Vision 2030.”

Hwange District held its celebrations at the Chidobe Business Centre, just outside Victoria Falls. Among the distinguished guests were Chief Mvuthu and Chief Hwange, representing the traditional leadership. The Guest of Honour, Deputy District Department Coordinator Mrs. N. Masoja, delivered the Presidential speech. Heads of local government departments and leaders from both ruling and opposition parties also joined the celebrations.

War veterans shared their firsthand experiences, including the Battle of Kalisosa where over 32 freedom fighters lost their lives. The message of unity resonated throughout the event, echoed by various speakers.

However, the fight against drug abuse emerged as a prominent theme. While police raised awareness about the issue, most speakers, including the Junior Councillor, strongly condemned the practice.

Sporting events added excitement to the celebrations. Netball matches ran concurrently with the official program, with Barraki Queens of Hwange clinching the District Uhuru Cup with 9 points. Mosi VIP followed with 6 points, Kruger with 3, and Jabula finished last.

The soccer tournament saw Ajax secure third place after a walkover due to Masters’ absence. The heart-stopping final between Dragon and Mopane ended in a 1-1 draw, leading to a penalty shootout that ultimately crowned Dragon champions with a 5-4 victory.

Zimbabwe’s 44th Independence Day served as a time for reflection, celebration, and unity as the nation looks towards the future and its Vision 2030 goals.

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