By Shadreck Gurenje in Bulawayo
Plresident Mnangagwa has urged Zimbabweans to take pride in the preservation and safeguarding of their local cultural heritage by supporting government efforts on revitalising the sector.
Giving his keynote address at the launch of the Bulawayo Arts Festival and the Heritage Corridor,
ZANU PF First Secretary and President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa said the naming of local buildings and historical sites after national heroes and heroines should not stop and the nation should take pride in their rich cultural history.
President Mnangagwa also said in Europe there are no Shona or Ndebele names on their buildings.
He also said collective efforts and responsibility is of paramount importance in the development of the creative and cultural Industries.
“Going forward, the development of the Creative and Cultural Industries as well as domestic tourism remains a collective responsibility for us all, Government, stakeholders and private sector.”
“Conference theme “Enhancing Local Government Participation in Cultural Governance,” speaks to the spirit of collaboration and team work,” said President Mnangagwa.
He commended the media for supporting the tourism sector and urged the fourth estate to continue with the spirit of collective responsibility.
He also said the creative industry must be perceived as an economic sector to drive economic value.
The President also urged citizens to continue to adhere to WHO COVID-19 guidelines citing that the pandemic is still active. He also said the nation will soon receive more vaccines.