Tuku to perform for patients on May Day

Renowned musician, Oliver Mtukudzi will tomorrow perform at Harare referral hospital in a move aimed at appreciating the work done by health practitioners in the country.

Oliver Mtukudzi
Oliver Mtukudzi

Mtukudzi, is set to tour the hospital in the morning and interact with patients and nurses before giving the performance, which he said is a way of saying thank you to them as representatives of all the workers in Zimbabwe.

Said Mtukudzi in his May Day statement: “We come face to face with these celebrations as our country goes through some tough and trying times.”

“I hear workers’ stories of struggle and triumph, of pain and overcoming and am constantly reminded that the challenges that our people face are not individual or isolated ones. They cannot be overcome by the singular effort of any one of us, but by a continued, unified pull towards solving them.”

Mtukudzi called on Zimbabweans to unite for the prosperity of the nation. He said: “As we commemorate workers day, I humbly urge us all, from politician to city council worker, from Chief Executive Officer to informal trader, to soldier courageously on.

“We should remember that Zimbabwe will only thrive when we can share that vision of prosperity together and work resolutely towards it with integrity; looking out for each other and realising that we are one.”

He said because every worker is important, it is important for everyone to play their part and ensure that they contribute meaningfully to the country’s prosperity.

He said: “My little request to you people of Zimbabwe, is to find someone on May Day who you know works hard in whatever way for this country, and to say thank you to them in any way you can.”

Zimbabwean workers will tomorrow commemorate Workers’ Day, a celebration of the international labour movement which according to the Wikipedia started in 1886 as the Haymarket affair in Chicago.

The police were trying to disperse a public assembly during a general strike for the eight-hour workday, when an unidentified person threw a bomb at them

May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries although it is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries.

Zimbabwe celebrates May Day amid indications of a high unemployment rate while organisations representing workers such as the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions have expressed concern that the majority of workers in Zimbabwe are working under and living in deplorable conditions.

The majority of workers are reportedly working under harsh environments where they do not have protective clothing, social security and are poorly remunerated, according to the ZCTU.

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