WAR veterans Cde Jonathan Jiyane (71) and Cde Richard Tshangule (60) have been conferred with Liberation War Hero status following their passing on last week.
Cde Jiyane whose war name was Gift Ndlovu died on Monday while Cde Tshangule died on Thursday in Bulawayo. Cde Jiyane was born on 13 July 1949 in Tsholotsho under Chief Sipepa. He did his primary education at Mtshede Primary School in Njube, from Sub-A up to Standard Six. After completing Standard Six, Cde Jiyane moved to Kana area before migrating to Dibutibu in Tsholotsho.
Cde Jiyane joined the Roads Department in Filabusi before moving to Victoria Falls and Hwange. In 1975 he came to Bulawayo joining a number of construction companies and then the following year he went to South Africa to work in the Wenela Mines and returned a year later. He decided to join the armed struggle in 1978, going through Botswana where he was airlifted to Zambia and taken to Nampundwe Transit Camp. He received training in guerrilla warfare at MTD training camp in Solwezi.
During the ceasefire he was deployed at Silalatshani Assembly Point enroute to Mbalabala for integration into the Zimbabwe National Army. He was later deployed in Silobela under 4.6 Battalion. After serving in the ZNA Cde Jiyane was demobilized in 1982. He got married to Mrs Mussah Jiyane (Nee Nyoni) in 1982. Cde Jiyane was employed by the Bulawayo City Council as a security guard and retired in 2014. He was laid to rest at the Bulawayo Provincial Heroes Acre in Nkulumane yesterday. He is survived by his wife, five children and seven grandchildren.
Cde Tshangule (60) whose pseudonym was Sparky Chiwota, was born on 1 September 1959 in the Gwambe area of Bulilima District and did his primary education at Gwambe Primary school from Sub (A) 1965 up to Grade five (5) in 1972. After that he joined the ZAPU Youth Wing.
Cde Tshangule joined the armed struggle in 1977 through Mroka to Francistown where he stayed one month and proceeded to Zambia at Nampundwe where he stayed for three months. He was part of a group that was nominated for military training at Boma Training Camp in Angola for six months in 1977 after which he was deployed to Zambia at CGT (2) and specialised in artillery and anti-air guns for three months in 1978.
He was then deployed at Mazoe Military Camp for defence until the end of the liberation war. In 1980, he was grouped with comrades at Papa Assembly Point in Mashonaland West and he was attested into the ZNA in 1981 serving until 1996 when he retired and joined Zanu-PF as cell member until his death. Cde Tshangule will be buried at the Bulawayo Provincial Heroes Acre tomorrow.
— Sunday News