Cde Tandirayi Windi, popularly known as Mabhunu Muchapera, a revered war veteran who fought during the liberation struggle, will be laid to rest on the 14th of February at Chisakuwira village under Chief Nhema in Zaka. He passed away on the 8th of February at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo.
Survived by his wife Precious, two sons Elias and Evance, and a daughter Melisa, Cde Windi’s legacy lives on through his family and his contributions to the liberation of Zimbabwe.
In 1970, at the tender age of 12, and while in grade seven at Nhema Primary School, Cde Windi displayed immense bravery by embarking on a journey on foot across the border to Mozambique. His purpose was to join the liberation struggle and assist in reclaiming the land for the rightful owners, the Zimbabwean people.
Cde Tandirayi Windi underwent extensive military training at Inyamhinga in Mozambique in 1978. His dedication and abilities were recognized, leading to his selection for further military training in Romania at Chingu Military Training Camp in 1979. There, he specialized in field reconnaissance, honing his skills for the benefit of the struggle.
Following independence, Cde Windi was deployed to various locations, including Rushinga Assembly Point, Zengeza 4 Assembly Point in Chitungwiza, and eventually Tongogara Assembly Point in Chipinge. In 1981, he joined the Zimbabwe National Army, serving for two decades. In September 2002, he transitioned to the Zimbabwe Prison Service, where he was promoted to the rank of Senior Officer.
Throughout his distinguished career, Cde Tandirayi Windi earned several notable medals, including the Zimbabwe Independence Medal, Zimbabwe Liberation Medal, 10 Years Medal, and Mozambique Medal. These accolades attest to his unwavering commitment and sacrifice in the pursuit of justice and freedom for Zimbabwe.
As we bid farewell to this remarkable hero, let us remember and honour the indelible mark Cde Tandirayi Windi has left on the history and future of Zimbabwe.