SAD NEWS: Another liberation war stalwart dies

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FILE: Liberation war comrades

President Mnangagwa has conferred liberation hero status to the late Cde Wickson Mujeri Mutiwazuka.

Cde Mutiwazuka died on Tuesday this week and is set to be buried at Chivhu Cemetery, Chikomba, today.

Zanu PF Secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu, confirmed the development.

Cde Mutiwazuka’s son, who is Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Turkey, Alfred Mutiwazuka, told The Herald last night that he was “grateful for the recognition” given to his father.

He also confirmed that burial will take place today.

His death comes after the death of former member of the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) High Command and first commander of the Mkushi Women Training Camp, Cde Nkomo who died at his homestead in the Dengu area of Gwanda District near Manama on September 14.

Cde Nkomo, whose nom de guerre was Cde Billy Mazamo, was born to Zimbabwean parents who relocated to Zambia after being forced off their land in Tsholotsho by the settler regime, and never set foot in the then Rhodesia except as a freedom fighter.

Cde Nkomo was one of the early ZIPRA cadres that included the likes of the late Major General (Retired) Jevan Maseko, Brigadier General (Retired) Abel Mazinyane, the late Colonel (Retired) Masala Sibanda, and others, who trained at Morogoro in Tanzania in the period 1969 to 1970.

He later trained as a military engineer in the now defunct Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and thereafter, commanded various liberation camps including Chakwenga Transit Camp, through which Zanu PF Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Commander Defence Forces General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, and many others, passed as recruits.

President Mnangagwa said in 1976, Cde Nkomo was sent to Mgagao, Tanzania, as a Zimbabwe People’s Army (ZIPA) instructor where ZIPRA and Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA) cadres jointly trained and worked with the likes of national heroes, Chief Air Marshal (Retired) Perrance Shiri, Lieutenant General (Retired) Amoth Chingombe and Cde Gagisa Sibanda.

In 1977, he was appointed to open and command Mkushi Women Training Camp after which he upheld his illustrious career and contribution to the struggle as ZIPRA Deputy Chief of Training.

— Herald


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