UPDATES: Defence Forces Day Celebrations In Harare

UPDATES: Defence Forces Day Celebrations In Harare
Published: 2016 August 09 12:35:31 (2155 Views)



1310: Alick Macheso is now entertaining the crowd
1301: The parade is now marching off.
1257: The National Anthem is now being sung.
1257: The President has finished his speech.
1256: "Our forces are often deployed under the auspices of international bodies like the United Nations....our soldiers without exception have demonstrated the highest level of discipline, they indeed make us proud,"
1251: "Although the war of liberation ended 36 years ago, our country is still faced with remnants of war in the for m o f unexploded ordinates particularly so along our border with Mozambique where our ZDF is involved in demining....they provide support to ZRP in the guarding of the country's key installations,"
1247: President Mugabe says "This present united army was born out of integration of the previous warring forces of Zanla and Zipra on one side and the Rhodesian forces on the other....the integration was done in an environment that was not only tense but fraught with suspicion,"
1242: Sydney Sekeramayi has returned to the podium and he has asked the President to address the nation.
1208: The parade is now marching in slow and quick time.
1205: The National Anthem is now being sung.
1201: The colours have been presented and the Air Force is now flying over with their own colours while drummers are now collecting the drums they had piled.
1156: President Mugabe is now presenting the colours.
1145: Sekeremayi says the Force has become formidable over the years earning praise and respect in foreign missions. He says the ZDF has prepared an entertaining programme that includes a football  match between ZDF select against Caps United. He assures the nation that the ZDF will remain resolute in defence of the nation's sovereignty.
He has now invited President Mugabe to present the colours.
1138: He has now invited the Minister of Defence Sydney Sekeremayi.
1137: He says the celebrations are unique because of the presentation of colours which in other words is presentation of flags. They represent a particular formation, regiment or unit as sign of  honour and dedication to duty, they are not ordinary flags. They are commissioned and presented by the Commander in Chief. The first colours were presented immediately after independence in 1980.
1133: Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba is now on the podium.
1114: The parade is now showcasing "The Piling of Drums" which is part of the military's tradition.
1100: President Mugabe is now inspecting the parade.
A dance troupe at the National Sports Stadium. Picture by Elita Chikwati
1059: The Parade Commander is now reporting on the make up of the parade to the Commander in Chief and has asked for permission for the parade to be inspected.
1057: The National Anthem is now being sung. 
1053: The Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces President Mugabe arrives and is accompanied by the ZDF Commander General Constantino Chiwenga.
1050: First Lady Grace Mugabe has arrived in the company of her sons Robert and Chatunga as well as son-in-law Simbarashe Chikore
1040: VP Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived.
1036: VP Phelekezela Mphoko has arrived.
1035: Thousands of people have gathered at the National Sports Stadium.
0955: We will be giving you live updates from the National Sports Stadium on the Defence Forces Day celebrations. People from all walks of life are making their way into the stadium for today's celebrations.









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