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I must confess to never having seen a Zimbabwean national flag with
writing on it. Seems it was a once off for that particular ceremony.
Bruce Berry, 21 Aug 2002
The green shield represents the fertility of our soil while the blue
and white wavy lines symbolise the water which brings prosperity. The representation
of Great Zimbabwe stands for the historical heritage of the nation. The
rifle and hoe represent the transition from war to peace. The wreath is
formed of twisted strips of gold and green silk, and represents the mining
and agricultural enterprise which protects our national economy. This supports
the crest in which the star is an ancient symbol of hope for the future,
tinctured red to remind us of the suffering of all our peoples and the
need to avoid any recurrence of that suffering. The star bears the Great
Zimbabwe bird which has become our distinctive national emblem. The kudu
in their natural colours display a harmonious blend of black, white and
brown which may be taken to symbolise the unity of purpose of the various
ethnic groups which comprise the people of this country. The earthen mound
bears the plants which give food and clothing to the people and the motto
reminds us of our need to maintain a desire for national unity and the
will to work, in order to preserve the freedom which we enjoy.
Dov Gutterman, 26 Mar 1999
The CoA is different from Smith's 1980 book, but that is no wonder,
since already there is a note that things might have changed in 1979. Was
that one adopted in 1979, or was there some interim version?
Zeljko Heimer, 26 March, 1999
No, there was no new CoA adopted during the interim period between Dec
1979 and Apr 1980. The Rhodesian CoA continued to be used until 12 Sep
1981 when the new Zimbabwe CoA were adopted. The heraldic description of
the blazon is as follows:
Arms: Vert, a representation of a portion of the Great Zimbabwe proper, on a chief argent seven pallets wavy Azure. behind the shield are placed in saltire an agricultural hoe, blade pointed Dexter and an AK 47 automatic rifle in bend sinister, foresight uppermost, all proper.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Vert a mullet Gules debruised by a representation of the Great Zimbabwe Bird Or.
Supporters: On either side a kudu proper upon an earthen mound adorned with stalks of wheat, a cotton boll and a head of maize, all proper.
Motto: Unity, Freedom, Work
Bruce Berry, 29 Mar 1999