War vets leave for an­nual visit to Zam­bia camps

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Robin Muchetu Se­nior Re­porter

MAQHAWE’SIZWE En­tourage Trust, made up of for­mer free­dom fight­ers, will once again travel to Zam­bia for their an­nual visit to for­mer war camps as part of He­roes’ Day Com­mem­o­ra­tions.

The en­tourage leaves from the Bu­l­awayo City Hall at 8AM to­mor­row.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s chair­per­son, Cde Ones­mus Bhebhe, said they are invit­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to join them as they em­bark on the jour­ney to pay trib­ute to the lib­er­a­tion fight­ers who died dur­ing the war of lib­er­a­tion.

“We are invit­ing peo­ple to join us in the jour­ney as we go to Zam­bia, this is a way of re­mind­ing the liv­ing about the ex-com­bat­ants who fought for our free­dom,” said Cde Bhebhe.

He said every­one is wel­come to join them re­gard­less of which party they be­long to adding that what is im­por­tant is for peo­ple to come to­gether to pay their re­spect to the free­dom fight­ers.

Cde Lehlo­honolo Mokoena, the or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary, em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of peo­ple trav­el­ling to Zam­bia, es­pe­cially young peo­ple so that they can get first-hand in­for­ma­tion from those who went to war.

“We are an open or­gan­i­sa­tion, we in­vite ev­ery Zim­bab­wean to join us on this jour­ney es­pe­cially young peo­ple so that they can learn more about the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle,” said Cde Mokoena.

He said the or­gan­i­sa­tion in­forms con­cerned en­ti­ties like the Home Af­fairs Min­istry, war veter­ans, the Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice and even the Zam­bian Em­bassy ev­ery time they em­bark on the an­nual pil­grim­age.

Cde Bhebhe said those wish­ing to travel to Zam­bia will pay $100 each, which will cover ac­com­mo­da­tion, food and trans­port.

He said the six day tour will take the group to for­mer war camps such as Nam­pundwe, Free­dom and Mkushi camps.

The en­tourage lays wreaths, prays and even get nar­ra­tions about past events.

Cde Bhebhe said the group can lo­cate some of the graves of the for­mer lib­er­a­tion fight­ers who died dur­ing the war, hence it is im­por­tant for peo­ple who lost their loved ones to join them so that they can see the graves of their de­parted rel­a­tives.


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