Lib­er­a­tion war hero Mankun­zini dies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

LIB­ER­A­TION war hero Cde Joseph Mankun­zini has died. He was 61. Cde Mankun­zini died at his Bulawayo home after a short ill­ness on Wed­nes­day and will be laid to rest at the Nku­lumane Provin­cial He­roes Acre to­day.

Fam­ily spokesper­son, Mr Khohlwani Moyo, de­scribed his late brother as a lov­ing man and said his de­par­ture had left a void in the fam­ily. “Joseph Mankun­zini was a man of the peo­ple, his de­par­ture has left a gap that the fam­ily will find dif­fi­cult to fill. “May his dear soul rest in peace,” said Mr Moyo. Cde Mankun­zini, whose war name was Musa Sibindi, was born in 1955 in Plumtree.

After com­plet­ing his for­mal ed­u­ca­tion, Cde Mankun­zini worked at Han­gariya Stores as a sales per­son.

He went to work in South Africa be­fore he was trans­ferred to Botswana where he was de­tained at Fran­cis­town De­ten­tion Camp. He and other com­rades were later moved to Zam­bia and were trans­ferred to Nam­punda Tran­sit Camp.

In 1976, he was se­lected with oth­ers to go for train­ing at Mem­b­weshi Train­ing Camp where they un­der­went mil­i­tary train­ing.

Cde Mankun­zini com­pleted train­ing in 1976 and was de­ployed to Rhode­sia though the North­ern Front (NF2) in 1977 and op­er­ated in Nkayi and Lu­pane as re­gional med­i­cal man.

Dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, Cde Mankun­zini was shot on the fin­ger and also sus­tained head and neck in­juries after be­ing hit by bomb splin­ters dur­ing the Rhode­sia bom­bard­ment.

Cde Mankun­zini op­er­ated in Lu­pane and Nkayi un­til the cease­fire in 1979 and he as­sem­bled at St Paul Assem­bly Point un­der PAMUZI de­tach­ment.

After In­de­pen­dence, Cde Mankun­zini was in­te­grated into the Na­tional Army and un­der­took mil­i­tary train­ing at the Zim­babwe Mil­i­tary Academy (ZMA) in Gweru as an Of­fi­cer Cadet.

On com­ple­tion, he was at­tested as a Lieu­tenant and de­ployed at 3.4 In­fantry Bri­gade in Chipinge as a Pla­toon Com­man­der un­til de­mo­bil­i­sa­tion on June 17, 1983, at Inkomo Bar­racks. Cde Mankun­zini is sur­vived by six chil­dren. Mourn­ers are gath­ered at Block 56/1720 Mpopoma.

The Cde Joseph Mankun­zini

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