The 39th Zimbabwean Independence Day

Published April 17, 2019, 10:00 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Zimbabweans remem­ber the anniversary of their country’s independence from foreign rule on the 18th of April yearly.

Zimbabwe was called Southern Rhodesia (in honor of Cecil Rhodes) in 1895 and was governed by the British South Africa Company until 1922 when the European settlers voted to become a British colony.

In 1965, it issued the Unilateral Declaration of Independence of Rho­desia.

However, the UK officially rec­ognized its full independence only on April 18, 1980, where Robert Mugabe took the head of state post after inde­pendence.

In February of 1980, elections were held where Robert Mugabe became the first head of the government after independence.

This is followed by the country’s formal declaration of inde­pendence on April 18, 1980.

The Independence Day celebration is highlighted with ceremonial speech­es and military parade along with the public air exhibition of fighter planes in the capital, Harare.

Releasing white doves has become a tradition during the holiday symbolizing peace across the nation, as the people sing Zimbabwe’s national anthem “Blessed be the Land of Zimbabwe.”

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas.

It is bordered by the Republic of South Africa in the south, by Botswana in the southwest and west, by Zambia on the north, and by Mozambique in the north­east and east.

We congratulate the people and government of Zimbabwe led by Presi­dent Emmerson Mnangagwa, on the occasion of its 39th Independence Day Anniversary.