First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has taken it upon herself to champion the creation of a national dress that will be appropriate for social and religious gatherings.
Preparatory meetings and consultations are already underway countrywide.
Speaking at an all stakeholders’ preparatory meeting at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) on Monday, Mnangagwa said:
What brings us together today is a subject of great national importance which should have been concluded over the past 39 years of our independence.
As the mother of the nation, I am convinced that all Zimbabweans regardless of colour, creed, sex, age or location will be willing and keen to contribute to this national project involving my full participation.
The dress should reflect a lot more on our traditions, history, national heritage and aspirations. It should also be appropriate for social and religious gatherings.
It should give us our national identity that conveys a message that I am Zimbabwean without even saying a word.
She said that an attempt in the past to come up with a national dress failed due to the lack of widespread consultation and politicisation of the process among other things.