Lib­er­a­tion hero Cde Chizema buried

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

LIB­ER­A­TION war hero Cde Ch­ester Chizema, who died last week af­ter a short ill­ness, was buried yes­ter­day at the Harare Pro­vin­cial He­roes Acre. He was 63. Cde Chizema was con­ferred with lib­er­a­tion war hero sta­tus in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tion to­wards Zim­babwe’s In­de­pen­dence.

Ad­dress­ing mourn­ers, at the burial, Ad­vi­sor to the Pres­i­dent Am­bas­sador Christo­pher Mutsvangwa de­scribed Cde Chizema as a brave and coura­geous man who had sac­ri­ficed much for the na­tion’s free­dom.

“Cde Chizema be­longs to a gen­er­a­tion of an African army in Africa that fought the most mod­ern im­pe­ri­al­ist army in the world and de­feated it,” he said.

“The Bri­tish army was one of the most so­phis­ti­cated in the world, but men and women like Cde Chizema took it upon them­selves to fight that army for the lib­er­a­tion of the coun­try.

“We now talk of peo­ple in the Di­as­pora, but we for­get there is a gen­er­a­tion of men and women who left the coun­try to get train­ing in coun­tries such as Mozam­bique, Tan­za­nia, China and Rus­sia for the lib­er­a­tion of the coun­try.

“Although he was a Zipra cadre while his broth­ers, Won­der and I, were Zanla cadres, we re­mained broth­ers be­cause the bond that united us was the love of our coun­try and that is more im­por­tant. This is the ded­i­cated gen­er­a­tion that we had.”

Zanu-PF Polit­buro mem­ber Cde Clev­e­ria Chizema added: “He was very hum­ble per­son and one would never have guessed that he was a lib­er­a­tion war fighter. He was a self­less, ded­i­cated cadre who re­mained res­o­lute in sup­port of the revo­lu­tion.”

Cde Chizema was born in Bu­l­awayo on June 4, 1955 and at­tended Ku­tama Mis­sion from 1969 to 1972 be­fore join­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle in 1974, un­der­go­ing mil­i­tary train­ing at Moro­goro Camp in Tan­za­nia.

In 1975 he went to Rus­sia for fur­ther mil­i­tary train­ing, spe­cial­is­ing in ar­tillery, and on his re­turn he was ap­pointed in­struc­tor at Moro­goro be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Mboroma Camp in Zam­bia where he trained six bat­tal­ions.

Af­ter cease­fire, Cde Chizema moved to Zipra HQ and was chief of staff at Gwai Assem­bly Point.

He was at­tested into the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army as a ma­jor and left the army in 1982 to join Govern­ment.

He is sur­vived by his wife Rosha Ny­oni and two chil­dren, Leon and Tendai.

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