Zim plunged into mourn­ing as Cde Chinx passes on

Chinx was one of the few com­rades with a tal­ent to sing. There was also Cde Mhere, Cde Mure­hwa and oth­ers. Chinx was among this best crop of singers. One of my favourite songs by Chinx is this song yaa­nenge achi­tukirira mu­rungu. I re­ally like the song but

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Ti­nashe Farawo and Mthandazo Dube

AS ZIMBABWEANS mourn the death of lib­er­a­tion fighter and renowned mu­si­cian, Dick­son Chin­gaira, pop­u­larly known as Cde Chinx, the Zanu-PF Harare Prov­ince has taken the lead in rec­om­mend­ing that he be de­clared a Na­tional Hero.

Cde Chinx died at a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Harare last Fri­day night af­ter a long bat­tle with cancer.

He was 61.

Zanu- PF Harare pro­vin­cial com­mis­sar, Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe said they had met and rec­om­mended Cde Chinx to be de­clared a Na­tional Hero.

“We have met as a prov­ince in the af­ter­noon (yes­ter­day) and we all agreed that Cde Chinx is a Na­tional Hero.

“So we are go­ing to write our rec­om­men­da­tions to the na­tional lead­er­ship.

“By to­mor­row morn­ing (to­day) Cde Chombo (Ig­natius, Zanu-PF Na­tional sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion) will have our re­quest on his desk.

“Ac­tu­ally we have also con­sulted with the war veter­ans and it was unan­i­mous. His con­tri­bu­tion be­fore and af­ter in­de­pen­dence is not in doubt, he did his best to fight for this coun­try.

“His mu­sic played a very im­por­tant role in up­lift­ing the spir­its of the fight­ers dur­ing the strug­gle. Even af­ter in­de­pen­dence es­pe­cially on the turn of the mil­len­nium at the height of the third Chimurenga, it was Cde Chinx, our hero who ral­lied be­hind the masses in re­claim­ing our land through mu­sic.”

Na­tional Arts Coun­cil of Zim­babwe deputy di­rec­tor, Nicholas Moyo said Zim­babwe was poorer with­out the leg­endary mu­si­cian who was ded­i­cated to his mu­sic.

“We are poorer as a na­tion. We have lost a hero, a leg­end who was stead­fast in his be­liefs from the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle and through­out his pro­fes­sional and per­sonal life,” he said.

“What sad­dens us more is that this tragedy comes just weeks af­ter the arts fra­ter­nity ral­lied be­hind Zima to cel­e­brate the gift of a house they built for him.

“How­ever, we cel­e­brate Cde Chinx’s life and what he stood for. “Even in this dark mo­ment we cel­e­brate him

and his works. He was a hum­ble man.”

Zim­babwe Mu­sic Awards chair­per­son, Mr Joseph Nyadzayo told The Sun­day Mail that, Gov­ern­ment and Zanu-PF must con­sider ac­cord­ing the vet­eran mu­si­cian Na­tional He­roes sta­tus.

“To us we con­sider him as hav­ing de­liv­ered the most in terms of na­tion build­ing through mu­sic,” said Mr Nyadzayo.

“He was con­sis­tent and we there­fore ask the party and Gov­ern­ment to con­sider that sa­cred honour of declar­ing him a Na­tional Hero. To us he is a peo­ple’s choice, this un­for­tu­nate event to us is no longer a fu­neral but a cel­e­bra­tion of life. I think we have parted with him well. He is some­one who has de­liv­ered the best he could.

“The man was pa­tri­otic and pro­gres­sive us­ing the sim­plest of all means, his voice.”

Mu­sic critic, Pro­fes­sor Fred Zindi de­scribed Cde Chinx as a pi­o­neer and uni­fier.

“I be­lieve he should be buried at the Na­tional He­roes Acre. He de­serves it. The fact that he de­clared him­self as a Zanu- PF per­son never stopped peo­ple from lov­ing him. He ap­pealed to every­one. There is no doubt that he was a mo­ti­va­tor dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle and re­mained like that af­ter in­de­pen­dence. He is one of the few ex-com­bat­ants who were proud to be called com­rade. We will miss him,” he said.

Fam­ily spokesper­son, Mrs Moleen- Tarumbwa-Moyo said burial ar­range­ments will be an­nounced in due course as the fam­ily is wait­ing other for rel­a­tives who are out­side the coun­try to ar­rive.

She de­scribed the vet­eran mu­si­cian as a fam­ily hero.

“We are hard hit. We be­lieved that he would get out of hos­pi­tal as he has done be­fore,” she said.

“When they put him on life sup­port re­cently we be­came wor­ried, but hope­ful.

“He helped the fam­ily. I am at the teacher’s col­lege right now be­cause of him. He was a fa­ther fig­ure and a fam­ily hero.”

Mourn­ers are gath­ered at Cde Chinx’s his Sen­tosa home in Mablereign

MY BIRTH name is Charles Zvidzai. My Chimurenga name was Cde Charles Ton­gob­aya Mab­hunu. I was later given the nick-name Cde Zanz by Cde Gula Nde­bele af­ter he dis­cov­ered in Mozam­bique that I liked putting on clothes from South Africa.

I met Chinx when I was re­called to the rear around 1978. Chinx was mov­ing around with a sec­tion of com­rades that was op­er­at­ing around Chiduku area. I had joined the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle in 1975 from Mab­vuku. I re­ceived mil­i­tary train­ing at Tem­bwe. We re­ceived mil­i­tary train­ing soon af­ter the group that in­cluded Cde Gula Nde­bele.

I went to the war front in Au­gust 1976. I op­er­ated around the Tang­wena Sec­tor. First I was around the Mandeya area, then Honde Val­ley, Mt Jenya, Makoni, Chiduku and Hwedza. Our first com­man­der was Cde Fred Matanga who was a mem­ber of Gen­eral Staff. Later came Cde Stan Mab­hande oth­ers called him Mab­hu­rugwa. Cdes like Do­minic Chi­nenge and Ton­derai Nyika were our pro­vin­cial com­man­ders in Man­ica.

We were the first group to op­er­ate in the Tang­wena sec­tor. While at the war front, I was re­called to the rear be­cause the lead­ers wanted me to go for fur­ther train­ing spe­cial­is­ing in se­cu­rity in­tel­li­gence in Yu­goslavia. On our way to Mozam­bique, that’s when we met Cde Chinx. We were com­ing from Hwedza and so we had to pass through Chiduku area.

When we crossed into Chiduku that’s when we met this sec­tion of com­rades that was mov­ing around with Cde Chinx. I think some­one had in­formed the Rhode­sians about this sec­tion. Also, some­one had sold out Chinx be­cause he was as­sist­ing the com­rades who were op­er­at­ing around Chiduku area. Ai­va­gadzirisira mawatch neku­vatengera fodya ne­doro and so on. So he had been sold out and he could not move freely. That’s why he had to stay with these com­rades for quite a while.

So when we met, we were at some home­stead painzi paKamhiripiri. This was dur­ing the night and from nowhere we were at­tacked by Rhode­sia sol­diers. I think it was around 7pm. We were about to eat sup­per. Some of the com­rades were in­side the house and I was seated out­side with other com­rades. Chinx was also seated out­side.

The Rhode­sian sol­diers just started fir­ing at us vakah­wanda mud­hun­duru. We had to re­turn fire. Af­ter re­turn­ing fire we man­aged to es­cape. We couldn’t see prop­erly where ex­actly the en­emy was and we couldn’t see how many there were, so we had to es­cape. Some of us man­aged to es­cape back into Hwedza. We es­caped to­gether with Chinx with two or three other mu­jibas.

As far as I re­mem­ber, we didn’t lose any com­rade dur­ing this bat­tle. We all man­aged to es­cape.

When we got to Hwedza, we stayed for about a week try­ing to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion on the route to Mozam­bique. This was the time I started talk­ing to Chinx. It’s very dif­fi­cult for me to de­scribe Chinx be­cause by this time, I hadn’t spent much time with him. The com­rades he was stay­ing with around Chiduku area would de­scribe him bet­ter.

As we waited, I told Chinx that I had been re­called to the rear in Mozam­bique and I sug­gested that we should go to­gether since the Rhode­sians were hunt­ing for him. I told him that it was bet­ter for him to cross into Mozam­bique be­cause his pres­ence was also putting other com­rades in trou­ble since the Rhode­sian sol­diers wanted to make sure they cap­tured him. I told him that the Rhode­sians would con­tinue at­tack­ing all the com­rades in the area be­cause vaimuda zveshuwa. I also re­alised that it was not safe for him to con­tinue mov­ing around with the com­rades be­cause he had not re­ceived mil­i­tary train­ing. It was bet­ter for him to cross into Mozam­bique and re­ceive mil­i­tary train­ing.

By this time, Chinx had not yet started singing revo­lu­tion­ary songs but I think zvakanga zviri maari. He started com­pos­ing revo­lu­tion­ary songs when he was in Mozam­bique.

When I sug­gested to Chinx that we should cross to­gether into Mozam­bique so that he could re­ceive mil­i­tary train­ing, at first he was re­luc­tant be­cause akanga ajaira life yeku­gara nema­com­rades. That life yakanga yamupinda. Even my­self, when I was told to go to Mozam­bique, I didn’t want. I was say­ing to my­self, why should I go to Mozam­bique when at the front we had ev­ery­thing?

You see kana wapindwa ne­hondo, you don’t think about other things. There were also many in­ci­dents that made you feel safe at the war front. In Mozam­bique you could be bombed by the en­emy whereas at the war front, you could de­fend your­self. No one could say ndokurova. At the war front you say tinorovana. Also there was a lot of ad­ven­tur­ism at the war front and many en­joyed this life.

One of the bat­tles I vividly re­mem­ber that I was in­volved in hap­pened on 16 Novem­ber 1976. The Honde Mis­sion Bat­tle. You can google it. The Rhode­sians wrote about it. We had gone to take some re­cruits from Mozam­bique. There were about two de­tach­ments. When we got to Honde Val­ley, the sec­tion yemuHonde Val­ley yakanga yatengeswa. So when we got to Honde we camped about 500 to 600 me­tres away from where this sec­tion was. We didn’t know these com­rades were in that po­si­tion pagombo repaHonde Mis­sion on the east­ern side.

This bat­tle started around 5am and went on till in the evening. Pfuti dzi­chitsva. I think when the Rhode­sians saw us com­ing with re­in­force­ments, they thought we knew that they wanted to at­tack our fel­low com­rades. They wanted to mount a sur­prise at­tack in the morn­ing. So when they saw us they also called for re­in­force­ments from Ruda.

When this bat­tle started, we saw he­li­copters, jets and ground force com­ing. It was a fierce bat­tle. We fought back and these new re­cruits wanted to im­press saka vakarofa pfuti. We had lots of am­mu­ni­tion. Haa, pakafiwa. The Rhode­sians were sur­prised. We downed quite a num­ber of he­li­copters. Ndege dza­kauya dziri mud­huze not know­ing kuti takanga takawanda. Waitoona kuti munhu ari apa uyu in a he­li­copter. Our fire­power took them by sur­prise.

How­ever, we lost some of our com­rades dur­ing this bat­tle. Some of the re­cruits had to re­treat back into Mozam­bique. This is one bat­tle I will never for­get but this had noth­ing to do with Chinx. It’s just a bat­tle I vividly re­call.

Dur­ing the time I took Chinx to Mozam­bique I was the de­tach­ment po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar hav­ing taken over from Cde Sal­is­bury. We passed through Nyazura Mis­sion, went kwaZuze un­til we crossed into Mozam­bique via Ruda. We had to walk dur­ing the night. We spent days to get to Mozam­bique. Be­cause we walked dur­ing the night, we used stars and the moon for di­rec­tions.

Af­ter cross­ing into Mozam­bique, we left Chinx pabase painzi paK­ufa. This is the base where most re­cruits were taken to go for mil­i­tary train­ing. From there I went to Chi­moio then flew to Yu­goslavia.

I later met Chinx in 1980. It was a pleas­ant sur­prise to meet af­ter all the years. When­ever Chinx had a show af­ter in­de­pen­dence, he would say “mud­hara wangu haab­had­hare” and when­ever I met Chinx he would tell peo­ple that “uyu ndiye akaita ndi­ende kuhondo.” He even came to my work­place with his first wife.

Chinx was one of the few com­rades with a tal­ent to sing. There was also Cde Mhere, Cde Mure­hwa and oth­ers. Chinx was among this best crop of singers. One of my favourite songs by Chinx is this song yaa­nenge achi­tukirira mu­rungu. I re­ally like the song but I can’t re­mem­ber the name. We used to so­cialise a lot with Chinx.

When I heard that Chinx was sick, I was re­ally hurt. Zvakandibata. I met him at Mun­hu­mu­tapa one of the days and he told me kuti “haaa, shamwari ndakur­wara.” I was hurt and i told him kuti shinga com­rade. But chinhu chakanyanya kundirwadza was his house that was de­stroyed. Af­ter that kind of in­vest­ment munhu on­gouya ku­zop­unza imba yako. Peo­ple do­ing that to Chinx. You re­mem­ber aka­to­buda paTV ari pa­mu­soro pemba yake. Hazv­ina kundi­itira zvakanana. Chinx of all the peo­ple? Why?

Then when I heard of his pass­ing on, I couldn’t be­lieve it. Chinx? Gone? Umm, zvi­norema. It’s a great loss to this na­tion. His songs uni­fied peo­ple and they had strong mes­sages. Up to now if you lis­ten to the songs, you hear the songs have deep mean­ing. You won­der kuti is he the one who com­posed those songs or aip­i­hwa nevadz­imu? The songs are just too deep and can fit into any lib­er­a­tion strug­gle. They in­spire peo­ple.

Chinx did his part. The best way to re­mem­ber him is through his mu­sic. He is a hero. His mu­sic will never die. I don’t want to say much. We have lost a good man. A good com­rade.

Let’s com­fort the fam­ily that he has left be­hind. They must know that Chinx was a uni­fier. They should take com­fort in this. His voice will never die.

The late Cde Chinx

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