Body of national hero Brigadier General Kaneta flown to Hauna

By Peter Chivhima

THE body of the late national hero, Brigadier General Charles Kaneta, has been flown to his rural home in Hauna, Mutasa District, with a brief stopover at his Dourne Farm in Marondera.

The body was seen off at Charles Gumbo Barracks in Harare by friends, family members and Zimbabwe Defence Forces members, with his colleague Brigadier General Stanley Mangena saying the ZDF is poorer without Brigadier General Kaneta.

“We have lost an intelligent man. He was a resource person, so as the ZDF we are poorer without him. We worked together at the Zimbabwe Military Academy and in that area he was excellent,” said Brigadier General Stanley Mangena.

Family spokesperson, Colonel (Rtd) Patrick Kaneta announced the funeral programme.

“The body of my brother will pass through his farm in Marondera. Shortly it will be flown to Hauna to his rural home where it will lie in state there. Tomorrow, the body will come back and the church service will be held at Dzivarasekwa before burial at the National Heroes Acre on Saturday,” he said.

Brigadier General Kaneta collapsed at his rural home in Hauna on Saturday and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

In his condolence message, President Emmerson Mnangagwa described Brigadier General Kaneta as a tough and brilliant military instructor through whose hands passed many cadres, including senior Zanu PF party officials such as the late national hero, Cde Herbert Ushewokunze, the late Cde Crispen Mandizvidza and Dr Sydney Sekeramayi.

The late Brigadier General joined the liberation struggle in 1975 at a very tender age and was to become a graduate of the Nanjing Military Academy in China and a beneficiary of specialised military training in Syria.

After being attested into the Zimbabwe National Army in 1981, he pursued an illustrious military career, rising through the ranks to become a Brigadier General.

The late national hero is survived by his wife, Nancy and three children Chiedza, Charity and Tendai.