National hero status for Brigadier General Murozvi
Brigadier General James Jotham Murozvi whose Chimurenga name was James Tichatonga, who died on Thursday last week, has been declared a national hero.
He will be buried at the National Heroes Acre tomorrow. He was 60. Brig Gen Murozvi died at Westend Hospital after succumbing to diabetes and high blood pressure, which he battled for many years.
He was the principal director responsible for welfare in the Ministry of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Political Detainees and Restrictees.
A military parade will be conducted Commando Barracks today in his honour.
Zanu-PF secretary for administration, who is also the Minister of Home Affairs, Cde Ignatius Chombo, delivered the message about his national hero status at at One his family home in The Grange, Harare, yesterday.
He said President Mugabe, in consultation with the Politburo, had seen it befitting that Brig Gen Murozvi be accorded the national hero status.
Cde Chombo said Brig Gen Murozvi’s work during and after the liberation struggle spoke volumes about his commitment in liberating the country, hence the highest honour.
“His Excellency, the President and First secretary of Zanu-PF, Cde Robert Mugabe, has conferred a national hero status on the late Retired Brigadier-General James Jotham Murozvi,” he said.
Dr Chombo was accompanied by Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Political Detainees and Restrictees Minister Tshinga Dube and his secretary Brigadier General (Retired) Asher Walter Tapfumaneyi and Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi.
Also present were service chiefs, among them Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantine Chiwenga, Zimbabwe National Army Commander, Lieutenant-General Philip Valerio Sibanda and Acting Air Force commander Air Vice Marshal Sheba Shumbayaonda.
Brig Gen Tapfumaneyi said in an interview that Brig Gen Murozvi was the face of the ministry, as he was instrumental in amalgamating the war veterans and ex-detainees.
He said as the principal director, he was involved in the payment of school fees for the children of war veterans, looked after nationalists and war veterans’ welfare when they fell sick.
“I first encountered him in the early 80s,” said Brig Gen Tapfumaneyi. “l knew him as we all progressed up the ranks. Our relationship was cemented in May last year as we were working together to establish our new ministry. His role was critical in that he was in charge of the welfare department.
“Our ministry’s core function is to deliver welfare statutory benefits that are written in law to various categories of the veterans of the liberation struggle. He carried a huge responsibility on his shoulders. We have 34 000 war veterans, and close to 20 000 widows.