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Charamba Salutes MSU
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Reckson Mandizvidza
21/05/2014

Charamba salutes MSU over values

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Mr George Charamba has hailed Midlands State University for upholding cultural values.
Mr Charamba who was the guest of honour at the commemorations of an International Cultural Diversity carnival held at the university’s main campus said MSU was being pan-African by celebrating African-ness through culture.

“Culture has always been a unifying factor amongst Africans and is indeed a national resource.

“Culture and spirituality have played an integral role in liberating Zimbabwe and continue to play a pivotal role as it helps upholding resistance and sovereignty. Just like knowledge, culture is also a terrain of contestation and there have always been concerted efforts over the years to attack African values and it is our duty to protect it.

“The intellectual and cultural exchange taking place here is commendable as it is even stronger than politics and MSU is doing a good job in deciding to draw from SADC and Africa by celebrating African-ness and upholding our grandfathers’ values,” he said.

MSU took the initiative to celebrate cultural diversity together with the rest of the world with a line-up of traditional performances, poetry and even cuisines for the day.

Students from different countries took turns on stage with energetic traditional performances which left the crowd in a trance and music from Namibia especially proved to be the crowd’s favourite.

The Tina Watyoka led Music and Musicology band did not disappoint either as it belted fusions of traditional and contemporary pieces that saw dignitaries temporarily forgetting their dignity as they rose to their feet to dance to the band’s sweet melodies.

The event which was held first at the university campus before a procession saw the action being transferred into Gweru’s CBD was graced by several dignitaries including the ambassador of Namibia to Zimbabwe Her Excellency Balbina Pienaar, representatives from the embassies of Botswana and Angola amongst others.

Speaking at the end of the celebrations, chairperson of the International Cultural Diversity carnival committee Dean Advice Viriri said they decided to make the celebrations an outreach programme so as to demystify MSU as being divorced from the people.

“We took the celebrations into the town because when we celebrate culture, we want also the whole town to be part of us because we work with people and live amongst people.

We also wanted the whole nation to know that we are not restricted to the academic aspects only but have also talented artists that we nurture. “Furthermore we want everyone to witness and have a good account of the university than for people to dwell on some negative perceptions that they might have about the institution,” he said.


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