- Published: 01 July 2014
- Written by Chronicle
ZIMBABWE Defence Forces (ZDF) commander, General Constantine Chiwenga has been described as a God-fearing man who always draws inspiration from the Word of God whenever he is executing his military duties.
Chaplain General of the ZDF, Colonel Joseph Nyakudya who was speaking during the memorial service of the late Brigadier General John Zingoni in Gweru, said General Chiwenga always has a Bible and uses it as guidance when making decisions.
He said: "The army general is a great man of God who knows the Bible and can preach better than most ministers of the Word. I have known General Chiwenga for a long time and what I know is that he always has a Bible at hand wherever he is, be it at home, office and in his car so that he seeks guidance from the Almighty on decisions.
"When I asked him why he keeps the Bible with him, he told me that he seeks guidance from the Word of God whenever he is making military decisions and other important decisions pertaining to the state and his personal life."
Colonel Nyakudya said the army commander once summoned him to his office and told him that the Syrian Crisis which started in 2011 following protests against the release of political prisoners had been prophesised in the book of Daniel in the Bible.
General Chiwenga who had given the keynote address prior to the Chaplain General's testimony had delivered a speech which was full of Biblical anecdotes.
The army commander surprised the gathering when he outlined Christ's lineage from beginning of creation beginning with Abraham who is regarded in the Bible as the Father of Nations.
General Chiwenga described the late Brigadier-General Zingoni as a "celebrated father, farmer, freedom fighter, distinguished tactician and armed revolutionary cadre."
He said the Zingoni family should take solace that the late senior soldier was an upright man.
"As we remember the fateful day when he lost his life, it is painful that our quest to assist him to return to full health failed. However, we should all find solace in the scriptures; God giveth life and God taketh life; and he always takes away the best flower among us all," he said.
The late Brig-Gen whose Chimurenga name was "Tichatonga Broker Chiwawa" was born on August 27, 1954 in Chief Mapanzure's area in Masvingo. He went to Musingarabwi Primary School and Chikato Secondary School up to ZJC in 1970.
He joined the liberation struggle in 1976 when he crossed into Mozambique through Chikwalakwala border before joining Zanla cadres at Machipanda. At Independence, Brig-Gen Zingoni was sent to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to do an Infantry Commanders' Course.
He was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army in 1981 as a private soldier and appointed Equivalent Captain. Brig-Gen Zingoni passed away on May 16 at Thornhill Airbase Private Hospital in Gweru after a short illness.
He was declared a national hero and his remains were interred at the National Heroes Acre in Harare. He is survived by wife Wadzanai and three children Fungai, 34, Chido, 25, and Tapiwa 21.