Government has restored physical commemorations of the National Heroes Day and Defence Forces Day although thoroughly pruning numbers to a vaccinated few, mostly government officials and relatives of heroes.
The country abandoned physical commemorations of national days of significance since last year citing the devastating Covid-19 outbreak.
At a post cabinet media briefing Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said this year’s main celebrations in Harare would be attended by just 200 people.
“There will be small gatherings this year to mark the Heroes Day commemorations,” she said.
“The 2021 main Heroes Day commemorations which will be held on 9 August at the National Heroes Acre will be a hybrid event with a small gathering of 200 people depicting the national outlook, such as War Veterans, Spouses of Heroes and Heroines and the Youth.
“His Excellency the President will address the nation using virtual platforms. In addition, the President will confer medals on 16 recipients in various categories of Honours and Awards.”
The minister also said Heroes Day commemorations will also be held at all the provincial shrines where Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution will officiate.
“Gatherings at the Provincial Heroes Acres will be limited to fifty persons drawn from the respective districts in the province.
“The Ministers of State will also confer medals on nominees of the 2021 Honours and Awards.
“The Defence Forces Day Celebrations will be held on 10th August, 2021 at State House in Harare with the rest of the nation following proceedings on virtual platforms.
“The Heroes Day Commemoration and Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day Celebrations will only be attended by fully vaccinated persons. In addition, attendees will also be subjected to testing for Covid-19 on the day of the event,” said Mutsvangwa.
The nation battles a devastating Covid-19 pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives and further disrupted public activity.