Zimbabwean president wishes Chinese people Happy New Year

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses a press conference in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, March 17, 2020. In an update to the nation on Tuesday, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared COVID-19 a national disaster, saying that the country had escalated its national response to the virus after neighboring countries in the region had reported cases. (Xinhua/Shaun Jusa)

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday wished the Chinese people a Happy New Year.

“A Happy New Year to the government and the people of China. May this year bring health, happiness, prosperity and success to our friends in China, to the people of Zimbabwe and to humanity as a whole,” Mnangagwa said.

The Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Feb. 12 and in terms of the Chinese lunar calendar, it is the year of the ox. Mnangagwa observed that the New Year in China is famously celebrated with elaborate fireworks, light and lanterns, signifying light and positivity for the future.

“May we all look forward to the light of positivity this New Year will bring us,” he said. Mnangagwa also took the opportunity to thank the Chinese government and its people for their generous donation of COVID-19 vaccines to Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe will on next Monday receive 200,000 doses of vaccine that were donated by China, the first vaccine it has received as it steps up efforts to procure more jabs to inoculate at least 60 percent of the population.

“Our dear friends of China, these vaccines are certainly providing a new light of positivity for the people of Zimbabwe in these tough times. A light at the end of a dark tunnel. We are most grateful for this lifesaving gesture,” Mnangagwa said.

He said it was befitting that this year was the year of the ox as it truly represents China’s traits of being a dependable, reliable and loyal partner to Zimbabwe. “Like the ox in the field – we must knuckle down and work hard. Work with humility, modesty and drive.

“In the spirit of our unique friendship, and in the spirit of the New Year, I once again wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year – one of strength, positivity and light for all,” Mnangagwa said.

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