Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage Minister, Abedinico Ncube has revealed that Dedication Towers at Morris Depot and Ntabazinduna will be availed as National Monuments by His Excellency President Robert Mugabe.
Speaking at a gathering to check progress on the progress by the ZRP ahead of the unveiling ceremony by President Mugabe, the Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage Minister said it was duty of his ministry to tell the Zimbabwean story.
“My Ministry as mandated by the government and people of Zimbabwe is to rewrite our story, to tell our story with pride and pomp, to declare to the world that we were a people the day before yesterday and we will still be a people the day after tomorrow.
“This Dedication Tower in your grounds at Morris Depot is but one of many monuments that His Excellency, the Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Cde R G Mugabe will continue to proclaim as we restate our story,” said Ncube.
Ncube also said all monuments listed before independence had a bias towards colonial story and the purpose of his Ministry is to correct the anomaly.
“All monuments listed before independence had a bias towards colonial monuments (40%), Archaeology (30%), African Monuments (9%), Rock Art (20%), and Colonial Historic Buildings (1%) this created a distorted past of the country.
“It is the purpose of my Ministry to correct this anomaly by listing monuments that celebrate indigenous achievements,” he said.
He added that his Ministry was putting final touches at the Chimoio monument, which will act as a source of Zimbabwe liberation struggle history.
“The National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe is currently putting finishing touches on the Chimoio Liberation Museum at the Chimoio monument, through the museum we will narrate the accounts of the Liberation War Rear,” he said.
The dedication tower to be unveiled by President Mugabe is set to replace the Blather Wick monument which was in honor of a white man’s efforts to suppress African rights and dignity.
A Senior Police Officer who spoke on behalf of Commissioner General Chihuri said Zimbabwe Republic Police will continue to support all government programs and policies.
“The ZRP being headed by Commissioner General Chihuri with his leadership, we are saying we shall continue to support all government programs and policies to ensure that we contribute to laudable constitutionalism and empowerment of our fellow Zimbabweans,” he said.