Harare’s City Fathers yesterday lit the Christmas lights at Africa Unity Square to mark the start of the festive season.
The event is organised annually by the Mayor’s Cheer Fund. This year the deputy mayor of Harare Councillor Thomas Muzuva had the opportunity to switch on the lights on behalf of Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni who is currently in Germany on official duty.
As usual the ceremony attracted a lot of attention in the Central Business District with its procession that started from Town House and ended in Africa Unity Square. The Prisons Brass Band and colourful drum majorettes led the procession, followed by a convoy of council vehicles including the Fire Brigade’s fire fighting vehicle and council trucks.
Father Christmas also added to the hype as he threw sweets at onlookers along the way from his seat at the back of the fire-fighting vehicle, which matched with his costume colours. Ajigija the clown was also actively involved in the procession as he treated onlookers to sweets and his usual antics.
In his opening remarks, corporate communications manager for the City of Harare, Leslie Gwindi, said that the festive season is a time for sharing and council took time to remember the less privileged through the Harare Mayor’s Cheer Fund (HMCF).
Deputy Mayor Muzuva concurred with Gwindi saying that residents should kindly give to the Cheer Fund so that it would be able to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged especially at this time of the year.
“As you know this year was not very good for many of us, due to the harsh economic situation affecting our country as a whole. If every one of us was affected, what about these disadvantaged members within our society?” examined the Deputy Mayor.
The general public and special guests, including members of the HMCF Board and councillors, were treated to entertainment from the Zimbabwe Prisons’ Band and traditional dancers.