Cde Nyika Bara buried

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Sun­day Mail Re­porter

WAR vet­eran and one of the pi­o­neer pro­duc­ers at the Zim­babwe Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (ZBC) Cde Nyika Bara was yes­ter­day laid to rest at Glen For­est Ceme­tery in Harare.

Cde Bara (63) died last Thurs­day af­ter bat­tling prostate can­cer.

Speak­ing at his burial yes­ter­day, Cde Bara’s young brother, Dr Manasseh Bara, de­scribed him as a dec­o­rated lib­er­a­tion fighter who fa­mously es­caped death by a whisker dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle.

“He left us to join the war at a very young age. He was one of the com­rades who sur­vived in Mu­toko af­ter his camp was at­tacked by the Rhode­sian forces.

“His sur­vival was noth­ing short of a mir­a­cle be­cause 16 other com­rades died dur­ing an at­tack by the Rhode­sia Air Force.

“Af­ter the at­tack he was se­verely in­jured, but some­how he and his col­league nav­i­gated their way to Mozam­bique to rec­on­cile with other com­rades.”

Dr Bara said as a re­sult of the sever­ity of his in­juries, Cde Bara was re­de­ployed to the Her­bert Chitepo Ide­o­log­i­cal School at Chi­moio where he served as po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar, a post he held un­til the end of the war.

Cde Bara’s niece, Ms Tariro Bara, said his un­cle was an in­spi­ra­tion to the fam­ily.

“He was a reser­voir of knowl­edge in ar­tic­u­lat­ing the ide­ol­ogy of Zanu-PF and he is one of the rea­sons why I quit my job in the United Kingdom to come back home and work for Zanu-PF,” she said.

Af­ter in­de­pen­dence, Cde Bara worked for the Mass Me­dia Trust, the Zim­babwe In­ter Africa News Agency and ZBC.

At ZBC, he gained fame as a pro­ducer and pre­sen­ter be­fore his re­tire­ment in 2002.Af­ter his re­tire­ment from ZBC, he went into farm­ing un­til the time of his death.

Cde Bara

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