Mozambique celebrates 40th independence anniversary

Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Chairperson Robert Mugabe has described Mozambique’s 40 years of independence as progress in the development for the region.
Mozambique was celebrating her 40 years of political independence today.
ZANIS reports from Maputo that Mr. Mugabe told journalists at Heroes square today that Mozambique’s freedom was a remarkable achievement that reflects other revolutionary histories that have taken place in the region.
The Mozambique Heroes Square is that country’s place of burial for the late Samora Machel and Eduardo Mondlane, among other freedom fighters.
Mr. Mugabe, who is also African Union (AU) chairperson, added that the contribution of countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and the coming of political dispensation of South Africa was a reflection of Mozambique’s achievement of freedom.
 “Mozambique’s independence meant that we now had a country next to us which we can use as a launching pad,” Mr. Mugabe said.
He explained that the people of Mozambique were now free to join the struggle in the SADC region.
“We celebrate it in that perspective but of course we celebrate it also with sadness that the great ones such as Samora Machel and Eduardo Mondlane are no longer with us,” he said.
Mr. Mugabe said the monument at Heroes Square was a legacy to remember the departed great sons of Africa.
President Edgar Lungu was among other SADC Heads of State who laid wreaths at the Mozambique’s Heroes Square where the late Samora Machel and Eduardo Mondlane are buried.
Other leaders that participated in the event include Presidents of Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Mr. Mugabe praised both former presidents Kenneth Kaunda and Joaquim Chissano for their immense role in promoting peace, unity and love among the region’s citizens.
“This gives us impetus to continue observing such commemorations,” Mr. Mugabe.
He said Dr. Kaunda’s contribution remains a print among SADC member states.
Yesterday upon arrival in Maputo Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu said African leaders have a role to ensure that resources were distributed equitably among their citizen in order to attain economic growth.
President Lungu told journalists that African leaders were working hard to ensure that they distribute a fair share of development among their peoples. 
He is among SADC leaders who attended Mozambique’s 40th independence anniversary.
Other leaders are President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Namibia’s Hage Geingob.
Former SADC leaders in attendance include Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda, Botswana’s Festus Mogae, Tanzania’s Benjamin Mkapa, Namibia’s Hifikepunye Pohamba, Mozambique’s Joaquim Chissano and Armando Guebuza.