Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
congratulated Zimbabweans on Friday for regaining their land from white farmers,
in a defiant speech to mark 23 years of independence.
it gives me immense pleasure to be able to tell you that the land that for over
a century we yearned to recover has come back to us. It is your land, my land,"
Mugabe told crowds at Harare's National Sports Stadium.
gathered on Friday morning in Zimbabwe's nine provinces for celebrations to mark
the anniversary of independence from white Rhodesian rule.
economic problems and heightened political tensions have cast a shadow over the
holiday for many.