1980 – Opening of the First Parliament of Zimbabwe
Opening of the First Parliament of Zimbabwe
14 May 1980
On 14 May 1980, the first Zimbabwe Parliament was opened by President Cannan S Banana with Prime Minister Robert Mugabe.
The President outlined the objectives of the new government, the scrapping of laws based on racial discrimination and plans to improve the life of the country’s poor. The country would be non-aligned and seek friendly co-existence with its neighbours.
He also addressed the assurance that European farmers would not be chased off their lands but maintained that a land resettlement programme would be launched.