“Uganda’s Independence Inspired Zimbabwe to Fight Colonialism” – Mnangagwa

President Yoweri Museveni (R) with Zimbabwe's President, Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) at State House Entebbe

Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the gaining of Independence over five decades ago is what inspired Zimbabwe to also fight colonialism.

The leader of the Southern African country said this Wednesday while speaking at Uganda’s 57th Independence Day celebrations in Sironko district in Eastern Uganda.

President Mnangagwa attended the celebrations on the invitation of his Ugandan counterpart, President Yoweri Museveni.

This year’s national celebrations are themed “Consolidation of national unity, security, freedom and prosperity”.

Mnanangwa who last visited Uganda in 1963 while he was being smuggled out to China for military training, lauded President Museveni for extending to him the invitation.

“I am here to learn, consolidate and deepen our relations between the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Zimbabwe,” Mnangagwa said during his speech.

“Your independence inspired us – that it was possible to remove colonial power from our country,” he added, describing Uganda as Zimbabwe’s “elder brother” given that it attained its Independence 28 years prior to the latter.

“We admire the unity, progress and focus here in Uganda and that you have developed your country in unity and love. We aspire to follow and achieve that”.

He told the multitudes of people gathered at the Sironko district headquarters that Zimbabwe is still a country in transition. Mnanagwa also made reference to the economic strife that Zimbabwe has suffered under the economic sanctions that have been imposed on the country for the last 20 years by the West.

“But because of political support from other African countries including Uganda, we still survive,” he said.

At the same event, President Museveni conferred the most excellent honor of the Pearl of Africa on President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

In his speech earlier, President Museveni thanked President Mnangagwa for honoring his invitation and attending the celebrations. Afew weeks ago, President Museveni was invited to Zimbabwe by Mnangagwa to be chief guest at a business forum.

“When you have a feast and a relative decides to join you in celebrations, that act consolidates the brotherhood and sisterhood,” Museveni said.

“I thank President Mnangagwa for coming to check o n his relatives in the Great Lakes”.

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