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EDITOR’S NOTE 

WE begin another new year and are presented yet another opportunity to work for the motherland. 

Since the inception of the Second Republic, we have recorded growth every year. 

In the Second Republic are servants we trust to guide the nation in the face of whatever onslaught is wrought against the motherland and children of the soil. 

Successes in the new dispensation speak volumes of who we are, what we represent and what we stand for. 

The Second Republic, loudly and clearly, says we do not need handlers, we are a capable people, with faith in our ability to determine our destiny and do what is right for the country. 

We have done that, what is right for the country, in the past, we will do it today and still do it in the future. 

It is heartening to note that we are patriotic Zimbabweans and that our leaders realise they are answerable to the people. 

It is heartening to note that matters of national interest are not influenced by egos but the desires and wishes of the people. 

A people who toiled though a protracted bitter and painful liberation struggle. 

A people who sacrificed so much to the extent that even the bones interred and uninterred speak about the struggle. 

It did not require any magic from some external force for people to rise in the First Chimurenga — it was intrinsically driven. 

Mkwati, the champion and vanguard of the struggle, did not draw inspiration from some foreign advisor. 

Lobengula did not have to consult any foreign advisor to know that he had to fight the usurper. 

And half a century later, the nationalists rose, talked, planned and launched the armed struggle. 

These did not consult foreigners on what to do for the country that was under colonial bondage — they were informed by aspirations and desires of the people. 

We did not need foreigners to inform us what was right for us; we knew what was right for us and what needed to be done. 

Of course when the imperialists felt and could not stand the heat, they opted to talk. 

But in those talks, then and up to now, they tried, and are still trying, to drive a wedge between us. 

After independence, the historic Unity Accord was signed after some disturbances in the country that threatened to derail progress. 

The agreement for unity was internally driven; we did not need to look for handlers to inspire or advise us on what to do to achieve sustainable development. 

It was driven by able leaders such as the late Vice-President John Landa Nkomo whom we mourn and celebrate for being a relentless fighter, may his soul rest in eternal peace. 

Though we differ in opinions and ideologies at the end of the day, there are certain realities that are non-negotiable. 

It is incorrect to talk of selling-out and betraying or being hoodwinked, deep down we all know what it means to be Zimbabwean 

Issues of land, our heritage and resources, are non-negotiable and cannot be compromised, period. 

We march towards our future, towards Vision 2030, with our heads held high. 

We do not want any Western interference. 

We solve our problems on our own 

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