Na­tional hero sta­tus for Brigadier Gen­eral Murozvi

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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.

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