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Zim celebrates 34 years of Independence

2014-04-18 10:03

Cape Town – Queen Elizabeth II and US President Barack Obama have reportedly congratulated Zimbabwe on the occasion to mark its 34th Independence Day on Friday.

According to The Herald, in a statement sent to through the British Embassy in Harare, Queen Elizabeth II wished Zimbabwe happiness and prosperity.

On the other hand, Obama in his congratulatory message said the US remained committed to the people of Zimbabwe. He said the US would continue to support Zimbabweans as they strived to build a society "that responds to their needs and honours their democratic choices".

The report said Zimbabweans from all walks of life were expected to gather at various centres across the country to commemorate the event.

The main independence celebrations would be in Harare at the National Sports Stadium where President Robert Mugabe will address the nation, the report said.

This year's celebrations will be held under the theme: "Zimbabwe @34: Defending Our Sovereignty and Providing an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Economic Empowerment and Social Transformation."

For many, the celebrations will be overshadowed by the country’s economic meltdown under Mugabe's Zanu PF party.

Economic and political analysts say the former liberation movement has failed to come up with concrete policies to rescue the country from sliding into a full blown economic crisis.

Comments
  • Tom Robbins - 2014-04-18 10:09

    So much hope. So much promise. So much squandered and stolen. So sad.

      Koos Kotze - 2014-04-18 10:35

      Independence from Britain - and again stolen / hi-jacked by Zany-PF with 3 stolen elections - To the tune that half their economic active citizens fled to us....

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 14:19

      His Royal highness Robert Gabriel Mugabe, killer of nuns, woman, children and thousands of Matabele, destroyer of the bread basket of Africa, raper of the Jewel of Africa, embezzler of the economy and creator of poverty and joblessness hereby celebrates taking the country five hundreds backwards in reverse progress to the middle ages when people lived like rats. We invite all similar thinkers to rejoice with us and Grace, so please Zuma and supporters and Malema and supporters you are all welcome to join us on the Road to Hell.

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 14:48

      In 1980 the life expectancy in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe was 66 and the exchange rate was 2 US Dollars to one Zim dollar. It was twice as strong as the the RSA Rand. Today there is NO Zim Dollar any more. The economy has been ruined while Mugabe the liberator of Zimbabwe is richer than Gadaffy was (80 Billion) Mugabe (Zuma and Malema are not far behind)is the the worst kind of racist dictator in history for having targeted the whites for their apparent riches. Just like Hitler demonised the Jews in Germany. Mugabe and his hench men are super rich , wealthy than all the whites combined. The racist card is played by all populist, failed and ineffective tyrants and dictators. If Zimbabwe was a haven of African enlightenment and renaissance why are millions of Zimbabweans cowering in South Africa begging for money, jobs and food?

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 14:55

      I see the shallow thinking indoctrinated children that have thumbed down my factual comments cannot debate the truth but rather hide behind their anti hero Mugabe, who like god can do no wrong.

      Andrew Newman - 2014-04-18 23:47

      Thomas, I wouldn't worry about the thumbs down as they come from the brainwashed parrots attending the ZanuPf political schools. In fact, on this site anything to do with Zimbabwe, the more thumbs down, the better.

      Andre Wagener - 2014-04-19 07:03

      Thomas Freeman, relax. The CIO of Zimbabwe have a whole department devoted to clicking the dislike button on any criticism of Zimbabwe. You will notice this in any Zimbabwe related article. Watch the dislike numbers below my comment. In any European country Mugabe would have been swinging from a tree decades ago.

      Tracey Herbst Wale - 2014-04-19 08:12

      Andre, he WAS swinging from a tree decades ago. Don't you believe in evolution?

  • John Bartlett - 2014-04-18 10:11

    They may be independent, but the country and it's idiot president is one big JOKE!

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 14:22

      Like Zuma 783, polygamist tribal buffoon number one and his highness in waiting Malema i failed carpentry, tenderpreneur moron.

  • duncan.chauke.7 - 2014-04-18 10:11

    This is tho only independent state in Africa

      Andrew Terr - 2014-04-18 10:19

      Wrong there pal.The begging bowl is doing the rounds.

      Omgeklits DeMaaifudĂ­ - 2014-04-18 12:17

      Also the only independent state that can't pay for its own celebration.

      Michael Wilson - 2014-04-18 13:14

      If you really were right there then I don't think that a more damning indictment of africa could possibly exist. Misery in the name of ideology is such a noble thing to aspire to isn't it?

      Bloodstone Shakespeare - 2014-04-18 23:36

      IN-dependence you clutz. "Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over the territory. The opposite of independence is a dependent territory. Independence does not necessarily mean freedom." Beg for what again? Food? Jobs? You are FREE and independaent my brother!

      Teboh Rapheal - 2014-04-20 19:36

      DUCAN10111 no I think ZIMBABWE is not yet independent.the independence of zimbawe shall be complete with the elimination of English as language of instruction for SHONA,NDEBELE,and SWAHILI lingua franca of AFRICA.

  • Vezi Talyn - 2014-04-18 10:11

    Nothing to celebrate.

      Marlene Black - 2014-04-18 11:26

      No, there is nothing to celebrate. I am surprised that this event is even acknowledged by Britain and America. Are they blind?

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 14:24

      There is plenty to celebrate - his Royal highness Robert Gabriel Mugabe, killer of nuns, woman, children and thousands of Matabele, destroyer of the bread basket of Africa, raper of the Jewel of Africa, embezzler of the economy and creator of poverty and joblessness hereby celebrates taking the country five hundreds backwards in reverse progress to the middle ages when people lived like rats. We invite all similar thinkers to rejoice with us and Grace, so please Zuma and supporters and Malema and supporters you are all welcome to join us on the Road to Hell.

      NickvanGraan - 2014-04-18 15:56

      @Marlene, they are not blind, it is called diplomacy.

      Marlene Black - 2014-04-18 23:13

      Makes one feel abandoned ...

  • Wehr Wulf - 2014-04-18 10:11

    What's there to "celebrate"?

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 14:49

      There is plenty to celebrate - his Royal highness Robert Gabriel Mugabe, killer of nuns, woman, children and thousands of Matabele, destroyer of the bread basket of Africa, raper of the Jewel of Africa, embezzler of the economy and creator of poverty and joblessness hereby celebrates taking the country five hundreds backwards in reverse progress to the middle ages when people lived like rats. We invite all similar thinkers to rejoice with us and Grace, so please Zuma and supporters and Malema and supporters you are all welcome to join us on the Road to Hell.

  • merkwaardig - 2014-04-18 10:16

    Can Mugabe's body be kept in liquid nitrogen so that we can study the cellular basis of brain dysfunction when the technology becomes available?

      Andrew Terr - 2014-04-18 10:21

      There has to be something there to study.

      Phumzile Mguli - 2014-04-18 10:31

      that technology should have been invented a long time ago to study the brains of the zimbabwean oppressors.

      Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2014-04-18 17:28

      Funny, the previous 'oppressors' never allowed the country to run down so badly that there was no food on shop shelves. It was always plentiful and everyone could eat - always! "The bread basket of Africa" but no more!

  • Tlotlo Phele - 2014-04-18 10:18

    You give Zimbabwe sanctions, and then wish them luck, patronising

      Andrew Terr - 2014-04-18 10:24

      My dad used to whip my backside then give me a hug and then tell me that he did it because he loves and cares for me.

      Koos Kotze - 2014-04-18 10:38

      umm... the mild (travel) sanctions were for gross human rights abuses on their own citizens - and for the elections the thug stole. Caring and concerned about justice - not patronizing.

      Chol Mabeo - 2014-04-18 11:42

      Mugabe said keep your West and I'll keep my Zim. So the West honoured his wishes and he got what he wanted.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-04-18 11:58

      Welcome to the real world

      Lawrencezikhai Nkomo - 2014-04-19 09:54

      Keep yr sanctions and we will keep our zim.

      Nathalie Clevenot Sinovich - 2014-04-21 08:57

      They sanctioned the daylights out of Ian Smith but he rebounded by producing the jewel of Africa. Zanu-PF came in unsanctioned for years and stole all the jewels and wrecked the economy.

  • Mpho Mkhalipi - 2014-04-18 10:21

    The late Dr.Joshua MN Nkomo described Zimbabwe a nation that had got it's independence without its citizen getting free.Pity the theme chosen for a nation without it's own currency pity

  • veektor.vahl - 2014-04-18 10:25

    Well done Zim.....oh sorry not.

  • Fairness IsEverything - 2014-04-18 10:26

    Povertyn crime, starvation and poor quality of life is nothing celebrate even less so if its their own fault

  • Lauden Kirk - 2014-04-18 10:33

    Robert is mi6/cia. china owns zim. don't let them fool you.

  • lloyd.venske - 2014-04-18 10:34

    Zimbabwians need to take charge of their country, only they can do so.

  • lloyd.venske - 2014-04-18 10:36

    Rise up Zimbos, stop the tyrant!

  • Martin Bruin - 2014-04-18 10:45

    So what are they actually celebrating? Hunger,poverty,ruined economy,joblessness.....the list goes on. WOW,I am impressed (sic)

  • Mpho Mkhalipi - 2014-04-18 10:55

    Zimbabwe independence :Transfer of power from whites to thugs, who have murdered,imprisoned the innocent, bred the worst corruption ever seen,that's not independence, every Zimbabwe an should be mourning and praying over this shona scourge . Cry the beloved country.

      Tichaona Mutumba - 2014-04-18 11:13

      Vague analysis prefferably from little thinking capacity.

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 14:32

      True thinking from practical and honest person. With people like Mpho there is still hope for Africa.

  • David Webb - 2014-04-18 10:57

    Well done. 34 years of f#cking up a perfectly good country. ....

      James Mabote - 2014-04-18 11:23

      David Webb, there's truth in that remark. Before independence, Rhodesia was a perfectly good country......for the beneficiaries of Ian Smith's oppressive regime, and their ancestors.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-04-18 12:00

      I agree David and now Zimbabwe is a perfectly fked up country where no-one except a handful few live like kings at least Rhodesia had food and their money was worth even more than SA although SA is going the same rotten way

  • Kelly Bagnall-Kenny - 2014-04-18 11:19

    and look where they are after 34 years of independance.....mmmm....

  • Joseph Josephs - 2014-04-18 11:20

    A white man does not believe in the abilities of a blackman in running his own resources, well as for the most powerful nation on the continent, we will continue in our quest to liberate & empower our people including spilling the revolution across the boarders as far as from cape to cairo which means all you british & afrikaaner racist passing all these negative comments, watch out, asset loses is herding your way.

      Chol Mabeo - 2014-04-18 11:31

      Trying to cheer yourself up. You dug your own grave enjoy it.

      Ian McNaughton - 2014-04-18 11:57

      But, if that's what the White man thinks then why are you so determined to prove them right?

      peterroy.logan - 2014-04-18 12:00

      You are a real bitter racist,liberation is long over but this is the only thing you know.....move on and improve the country for all

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-04-18 12:03

      Well the proof is in the pudding is'nt it? Few years the whole congtinent will be one barren piece of earth with f all going on

      Michael Wilson - 2014-04-18 13:18

      The single main thing that perpetuates this low international opinion of african governance is examples like zim. And people like you who consider a failed state to be a big success. Just as long as you don't have to live there huh, you hypocrite?

      Gary Landman - 2014-04-18 14:14

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHHAHAH.... OH MY....

      Andrew Newman - 2014-04-19 00:05

      squaark ...polly wants a cracker

      Lawrencezikhai Nkomo - 2014-04-19 09:45

      So u say zim was bread basket of africa bt who was eating the bread.

  • Jay Moyo - 2014-04-18 11:22

    Hahaha! People are sooo bitter. Well done Zimbabwe! Happy 34th. I TRULY know we are doing ok.

      Chol Mabeo - 2014-04-18 11:28

      We aren't bitter, we are afraid and concerned about the nationwide starvation looming large above your country, moron.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-04-18 12:08

      Just ok? Even ok is oh so much exaggerated - not bitter just not living with blinkers on

      Michael Wilson - 2014-04-18 13:19

      Yeah, hence you writing this little message from the comfort of cape town. Hilarious.

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 14:34

      His Royal highness Robert Gabriel Mugabe, killer of nuns, woman, children and thousands of Matabele, destroyer of the bread basket of Africa, raper of the Jewel of Africa, embezzler of the economy and creator of poverty and joblessness hereby celebrates taking the country five hundreds backwards in reverse progress to the middle ages when people lived like rats. We invite all similar thinkers to rejoice with us and Grace, so please Zuma and supporters and Malema and supporters you are all welcome to join us on the Road to Hell.

  • Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2014-04-18 11:23

    Obama and the Queen don't have to live there. Lucky for them!

  • Bongani Mahlangu - 2014-04-18 11:29

    what's there to celebrate

      Joseph Josephs - 2014-04-18 11:37

      If you base your comments on the international media's perspective you will miss the whole point,it takes those who have been there in Zimbabwe physically to identify with what to celebrate...ordinary people's lives have been transformed for the better, now the whites are bitter coz they believe being black means slaves who are incapable of self rule.

      Michael Wilson - 2014-04-18 13:21

      Yeah joseph, but answer me this - why is it that everyone who shares your opinion about how great zim is is living in South Africa? Why are you living in SA again? I'll bet you 'physically identify with what there is to celebrate' and then head back to bloemfontein where at least you can buy groceries. What a joke all of you guys are.

  • Carina Welman - 2014-04-18 11:36

    That is a typical remark from someone like you who has only been fed propaganda from your family. If you open your eyes you will see how prosperous that country once was and to whatvis has been reduced thanx to people who are like minded to yourself. I used to feel sorry for uninformed people like you but I have realised that your ignorance is on purpose.

  • Owen Walker - 2014-04-18 11:44

    So Rhodesia was a colonial construct, yet it still exists and is celebrated what happened to the Shona and Ndebele countries that existed before colonization. Surely an African construct should be celebrated and a colonial construct should be dismantled or are we only anti colonial when we want to be?

  • Diratsahae Mokone - 2014-04-18 11:56

    Viva Zimbabwe!

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-04-18 12:11

      I wonder why there are so many Zimbabwe people running to S.A. If it is such a lovely place then they must be stupid not to stay there. Hmmmmmmm?

  • Fannie Mashilo - 2014-04-18 11:58

    From being the breadbasket of Africa to begging hands of the world.

  • Peter Webb - 2014-04-18 12:32

    .what a dignified lady is Queen Elizabeth.

  • Mike Machaba - 2014-04-18 12:35

    Celebrating 34yrs of poverty? There's nothing to celebrate for.

  • Jacques Coetzer - 2014-04-18 12:36

    Celebrate? Really?

  • Kagisho Dark - 2014-04-18 12:38

    Congratz zimbabwe!!!! Unlike us puppets of the world.....we are rich but poor!!

      Wehr Wulf - 2014-04-18 13:01

      Huh?!

      Michael Wilson - 2014-04-18 13:24

      But, more accurately, just poor.

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 14:51

      In 1980 the life expectancy in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe was 66 and the exchange rate was 2 US Dollars to one Zim dollar. It was twice as strong as the the RSA Rand. Today there is NO Zim Dollar any more. The economy has been ruined while Mugabe the liberator of Zimbabwe is richer than Gadaffy was (80 Billion) Mugabe (Zuma and Malema are not far behind)is the the worst kind of racist dictator in history for having targeted the whites for their apparent riches. Just like Hitler demonised the Jews in Germany. Mugabe and his hench men are super rich , wealthy than all the whites combined. The racist card is played by all populist, failed and ineffective tyrants and dictators. If Zimbabwe was a haven of African enlightenment and renaissance why are millions of Zimbabweans cowering in South Africa begging for money, jobs and food?

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-04-18 15:08

      Huh huh huh????

  • Ioannis Condogiannis - 2014-04-18 12:48

    34 years is a long time to fail. But at least you folks there get to enjoy watching on TV your wonderful president eat cake every year. Bon Appetite!! Freedom taste good don't it?

  • Oupa Maphoso - 2014-04-18 13:01

    They celebrate 34 yrs of poverty ahahaaaaa!

  • Seek Anfind - 2014-04-18 13:19

    congratulations bob on destroying zim.. it only took you 34 years.. I think thats a new africa record

  • Tichaona Mutumba - 2014-04-18 13:29

    Time changes bt History wil nvr b 4gtn. Long liv Zimbabwe cum wht may.

      jason.hepple.5 - 2014-04-18 16:07

      What may is definitely coming your way...!

  • Nyakanyaka Nyakanyaka - 2014-04-18 13:38

    congrats to zim n may god help u to prosper. only sovereign african state.

      Shades - 2014-04-18 14:12

      Stupid, nothing less!!

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 14:50

      In 1980 the life expectancy in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe was 66 and the exchange rate was 2 US Dollars to one Zim dollar. It was twice as strong as the the RSA Rand. Today there is NO Zim Dollar any more. The economy has been ruined while Mugabe the liberator of Zimbabwe is richer than Gadaffy was (80 Billion) Mugabe (Zuma and Malema are not far behind)is the the worst kind of racist dictator in history for having targeted the whites for their apparent riches. Just like Hitler demonised the Jews in Germany. Mugabe and his hench men are super rich , wealthy than all the whites combined. The racist card is played by all populist, failed and ineffective tyrants and dictators. If Zimbabwe was a haven of African enlightenment and renaissance why are millions of Zimbabweans cowering in South Africa begging for money, jobs and food?

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-04-18 15:11

      Prosper they will - only a select few - so many stupid people around

  • Allan Brits - 2014-04-18 13:45

    Wishing them happiness abd prosperity ...with mugabe at the he? What a f@#CKING JOKE

  • Allan Brits - 2014-04-18 13:47

    Wishing them happiness and prosperity. .. What with mugsbe at the helm? What a F@#king joke

  • Udzai Munhumumwe - 2014-04-18 13:53

    18 April, the second most acknowledged Independence Day in the world after July 4. Well done Zimbabwe. Well done Mugabe. Be proud. Be very proud!

      Vezi Talyn - 2014-04-18 14:57

      You Shonas are holding the whole country @ ransom. Stupid Udzi.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-04-18 15:11

      You have to be proud of something to celebrate

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 17:08

      Oh look its Udzai the Russia - Putin lover and Mugabe worshipper.

  • Abdul Cassiem - 2014-04-18 14:06

    Ok so what is thr now to celebrate? And why is thr such a lot of Zimbabweans in South Africa? And why are all Zimbabweans in South Africa complaining abt how bad Zim became over the years? Why?

  • Gary Landman - 2014-04-18 14:11

    34 years to build a society... and still nowhere near...

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2014-04-18 14:16

    34 years of Hunger

  • ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 14:48

    In 1980 the life expectancy in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe was 66 and the exchange rate was 2 US Dollars to one Zim dollar. It was twice as strong as the the RSA Rand. Today there is NO Zim Dollar any more. The economy has been ruined while Mugabe the liberator of Zimbabwe is richer than Gadaffy was (80 Billion) Mugabe (Zuma and Malema are not far behind)is the the worst kind of racist dictator in history for having targeted the whites for their apparent riches. Just like Hitler demonised the Jews in Germany. Mugabe and his hench men are super rich , wealthy than all the whites combined. The racist card is played by all populist, failed and ineffective tyrants and dictators. If Zimbabwe was a haven of African enlightenment and renaissance why are millions of Zimbabweans cowering in South Africa begging for money, jobs and food?

  • Drake Richardson - 2014-04-18 14:54

    I pity all those Zimbabweans who are slumming it in SA instead of enjoying the glorious life Mugabe has been giving his people.

  • Gratitude Ncube - 2014-04-18 15:05

    I don't think there iz anything 2 celebrate ?? Solomon enquired wisdom from God so that he can lead da people ? Mugabe must think twice ? him en his cronies are celebrating not da majority ...

      ThomasFreeman - 2014-04-18 15:14

      Solomon compared to modern man was an idiot.

  • Monare Monareng - 2014-04-18 15:22

    Zim celebrates 34years of Poverty!!!

  • Alex Fraser - 2014-04-18 15:24

    VIVA 34, Zimbabwe will remain zimbabwe and zimbabwe for zimbabweans.

  • Drake Richardson - 2014-04-18 15:51

    Ah yes. .... all these African countries that are soooo much better off under "independence" than they were under "colonialism". That is why Africa is such a wonderful success story.

      FinalJustice - 2014-04-18 22:01

      I am totally failing to comprehend the continuous support from 'patriotic Africans' towards their demonizing dictatorial regimes? I am left to conclude that this is the way they prefer to struggle in a manner of subsistent survival. Black Africans would rather die from hunger for their 'artificial freedom'. They simply perceive submission to the trends of modern democratic governance structures as a 'white' slavery type of thing, and for that reason, and that reason only, it's not in their frame of mind to even reconsider the advantages for their future generations?

      Nathalie Clevenot Sinovich - 2014-04-21 09:04

      Nomadic people do not own the land. They are merely passing through. Who are Africans ?

  • Jermaine Naidoo - 2014-04-18 16:37

    Why are they celebrating?

      Gratitude Ncube - 2014-04-18 16:40

      Real real

  • Chase Bezuidenhout - 2014-04-18 16:39

    Ya 34 years of starvation, killing and daylight robbery thanks a million england!

  • Desmond Drake - 2014-04-18 16:57

    From Africa's foodbasket to Africa's biggest charity case. Nothing to be congratulated on.

  • Coen Bothma - 2014-04-18 19:54

    Will the queen and mr. Abomination say the same of South Africa.