Ambassador thanks Zambia for support

Zimbabweʼs Ambassador to Zambia, Charity Charamba, has thanked Zambians for the assistance they rendered Harare during its struggle for independence.
Speaking on Tuesday during a lunch she hosted for diplomats and Zimbabweans resident in Zambia, she said: “Our beautiful country Zimbabwe celebrates yet another milestone, 43 years of Independence and exercise of self-government,” said Ambassador Machivenyika.
“On this day, 18th April 1980, our country attained her much-valued Independence which was characterised by great sacrifice and loss of life by our fallen heroes, amongst them gallant sons and daughters of the Republic of Zambia. This yearʼs celebrations have a renewed significance in that 2023 is an election year for our country, yet another opportunity to consolidate our freedom as a nation.
“As Zimbabwe celebrates its Independence across the world, we acknowledge the tremendous support provided to us by many countries. We in Zambia, take pride in knowing that our host Government was a springboard of all liberation movements in Southern Africa. Zimbabweʼs
independence narrative is incomplete without mentioning Zambiaʼs critical role in our struggle.”
Ambassador Charamba said the solid partnership between two countries was rooted in the bonds of solidarity and friendship that were forged in the period of Zimbabweʼs struggle for independence.
Under the leadership of the late Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia took up Zimbabweʼs cause and gave Zimbabwean freedom fighters shelter, material, logistical, and moral support to execute the struggle. In the process, Zambia lost uniformed men and women, as well as civilians to the then colonial Rhodesian regime.
“For that, Zimbabweans remain eternally grateful. The recent hand over of a 1×2 classroom block constructed by funds donated by the Government of Zimbabwe to the government of Zambia to benefit the Kavalamanja community in Luangwa district, is our gesture to keep alive our memories of the sons and daughters who perished during an early morning raid carried out by the Rhodesian forces at Kavalamanja,” she said.
Ambassador Charamba added that historical relations between the two countries culminated in the establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC), which has resulted in cooperation in many areas of strategic importance for their mutual benefit.
She said Zambia and Zimbabwe continue to share experiences and knowledge through several platforms.
In the education sector, there is a sizeable number of Zimbabwean students undertaking studies at
institutions in Zambia and vice versa.
The ED-UNZA (University of Zambia) scholarship programme, initiated by President Mnangagwa, which is beneficial to both Zimbabwean and Zambian bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, is another area of cooperation between the two countries.“Over the past year, we
have witnessed a marked increase in the number of exchange study visits from our two republics to benchmark on best practices in various sectors.
“Such is the nature of friendship between Zimbabwe and Zambia. In 2021, Zambia and Zimbabwe developed the implementation plan for the joint industrialisation programme to promote industrial cooperation and increase the comparative advantage of goods produced within the two
countries,” said Ambassador Charamba.
To solidify the gains of Independence, Zimbabwe under President Mnangagwaʼs leadership had embarked on a transformation trajectory of development aptly captured in this yearʼs theme, “Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo/ Ilizwe lakhiwa ngabanikazi balo”.
Ambassador Charamba said it was crafted to reinforce the notion that Zimbabwe can only be built by Zimbabweans.
“As a nation we are slowly building our country ʻbrick by brickʼ despite the challenges that we are facing. It is gratifying to note that tremendous progress has been recorded in various sectors of the economy, as Government seeks to improve the livelihoods of our people.”
Zimbabwe was using meeting sustainable development goal number 1 of ending poverty in all its forms everywhere in the world, and of number 2, ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture. These fitted in with the and African
Union Agenda 2063 Goal No.1 of a high standard of living, quality of life and well-being of all our people.

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