Govt urged to erect Muzenda statue

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Gov­ern­ment has been urged to erect a statue of the late Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Si­mon Muzenda in Masvingo City‘s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict in recog­ni­tion of his ster­ling work both dur­ing and af­ter the lib­er­a­tion war. Dr Muzenda died on Septem­ber 20 in 2003 aged 80. Speak­ing dur­ing the $12 000 Si­mon Muzenda Memo­rial golf cham­pi­onships prize giv­ing cer­e­mony at Masvingo Sports Club on Satur­day night, Masvingo Golf As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Mr Pas­cal Mudzik­isi said con­sid­er­ing the ster­ling work that the late hu­mor­ous and down to earth na­tion­al­ist did in Masvingo and through­out the coun­try, the late VP de­serves to be hon­oured in a spe­cial way.

He said a statue should be erected and a street in Masvingo also named af­ter him in recog­ni­tion of his works.

“We are ap­peal­ing to the Gov­ern­ment to con­sider our re­quest as peo­ple of Masvingo to erect a statue in the CDB and name a street af­ter him. The late Dr Muzenda is a lu­mi­nary par ex­cel­lence and we want the young gen­er­a­tion to be re­minded of his ster­ling work through a statue near OK along Josiah Ton­gog­ara,” said Mr Mudzik­isi.

He ex­pressed op­ti­mism that the Gov­ern­ment will con­sider their re­quest.

Mr Mudzik­isi said like other na­tion­al­ists both liv­ing and fallen, the late VP Muzenda de­serves be­fit­ting recog­ni­tion in Masvingo prov­ince. He said he even de­serves the civic hon­our of the city posthu­mously.

The late VP’s wife, Cde Maud Muzenda said it would be an hon­our to have a statue of the late hero in Masvingo.

“Dur­ing the colo­nial era, I suf­fered a lot with my chil­dren while my hus­band was in­car­cer­ated over po­lit­i­cal is­sues. Baba Muzenda was a self­less leader in­deed as he helped many chil­dren go to school un­til they at­tained diplo­mas and de­grees. As a fam­ily we will ap­pre­ci­ate if a statue is erected in his hon­our,” said Cde Muzenda.

Her son, Vi­talis Venge­sai Muzenda, also an Air Zim­babwe pi­lot, said his fa­ther man­aged to ed­u­cate nearly 500 chil­dren through­out Masvingo up to col­lege and univer­sity level.

He said he would con­tinue his fa­ther’s works un­der the Si­mon Muzenda Foun­da­tion.

“Our fa­ther man­aged to pro­vide school fees to 487 chil­dren from Masvingo prov­ince. Most of th­ese chil­dren are now work­ing and some have at­tained doc­tor­ates. As a fam­ily we of­fer to con­tinue with our fa­ther’s phil­an­thropic work un­der the Si­mon Muzenda Foun­da­tion. We also hope the busi­ness world will also chip in,” he said. — @ wal­terbm­swazie2

The late Cde Si­mon Muzenda

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