ZDNNA Hosts 34th Zimbabwe Independence Celebrations

On April 18, 2014 ZDNNA hosted and celebrated Zimbabwe Independence day in the DMV area of Washington, DC. This is the second year that ZDNNA has organized the event. For the 2014 event, the ZDNNA organizing committee was under the chairmanship of Engineer Bamu and included Wilson Magaya, Eusoph Kanyenda, Marcey Guramatunhu, with the guidance of the Acting Chairman and Treasurer, Golden Makusha. The independence celebrations are always organized in conjunction with the Embassy of Zimbabwe, which sent the Head of Mission, Mr. Chibuwe to show solidarity with ZDNNA. The event proceedings included a raffle draw, courtesy of South African airways, which provided two return air tickets to be drawn for the benefit of ZDNNA membership attending the event. Also included in the itinerary was Zimbabwean Gospel Super Star, Tembalami, who performed as a guest at the event. The Independence event has also become a mobilizing opportunity for ZDNNA. A number of people paid their membership joining fees on the spot pledging interest in ZDNNA activities. Dr. Mambo Mupepi brought with him 12 people from Michigan, who joined in the festivities. In addition to the South African Airways sponsorship, Zimfon, a VoIP service provider for the diaspora, also sponsored the event.

Now in its second year, the independence event is expected to be one of the annual signature events that ZDNNA will be hosting. In 2013, under the guidance of Dr. Godfrey Sikipa and Ms. Marcey Guramatunhu, ZDNNA organized a successful sit down formal dinner attracting people from as far as Georgia, North Carolina and Florida, in addition to the DMV area where the event was hosted. The keynote speaker for the 2013 event was the former Finance Minister, Tendai Biti.