Ne­handa rises in Mash Cen­tral

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

IT was here that Zim­babwe’s lib­er­a­tion strug­gle started more than 100 years ago. It was here that some of the fiercest fight­ing in the quest for lib­er­a­tion was wit­nessed.

This is Mashona­land Cen­tral: Home of the spirit medium Mbuya Ne­handa, who - sta­tioned at a shrine in present-day Ma­zowe — ex­horted a peo­ple to take up arms and be masters of their des­tiny.

Her de­fi­ant vow, even as she was hanged by a colo­nial set­tler regime, was that her bones would rise again. And yes­ter­day President Mu­gabe in­voked the mem­ory and idea of Mbuya Ne­handa as he ad­dressed what could be the big­gest yet Pres­i­den­tial Youth In­ter­face Meet­ing in the Mashona­land Cen­tral cap­i­tal of Bin­dura. He spoke na­tional unity, he spoke dis­ci­pline, he spoke pa­tri­o­tism.

And he re­minded a na­tion that these were the tenets that Mbuya Ne­handa taught as she ral­lied for­merly dis­parate groups to em­brace a cause big­ger than the sum of their parts.

Ini­tial es­ti­mates put the crowd that President Mu­gabe ad­dressed at no less than 100 000. And that is be­ing con­ser­va­tive. Thou­sands lined the streets for a dis­tance of at least 5km to wel­come President Mu­gabe to the prov­ince.

If there was a street car­ni­val yes­ter­day, it was in Bin­dura and not in Harare. What is more, these peo­ple lin­ing the streets to wel­come the Pres­i­den­tial del­e­ga­tion turned out to be those who failed to make it into an in-ad­e­quate Chipadze Sta­dium.

On en­ter­ing the arena, if it may be called that, President Mu­gabe was greeted by ul­u­la­tion and cheers as the PA sys­tem played the ev­er­green “Jongwe Ri­norira Rimwechete” by Mbare Chimurenga Choir.

When the tu­mult some­what set­tled, it was time for President Mu­gabe to take the mul­ti­tudes back to the source, back to Ne­handa.


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