Brig-Gen Chigudu declared national hero

By ZBC Reporter

Brigadier-General Ruphus Chigudu who died in Harare last week has been declared a national hero.

He died on September 24 at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals at the age of 64.

Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs and Devolution Larry Mavima delivered the news at the family residence in Lundi Park, Gweru, yesterday.

“I was sent by His Excellency the President to relay the message that Brigadier-General Chigudu has been declared a national hero. He will be interred at the National Heroes Acre on a date to be advised,” said Minister Mavima.

Brig-Gen Chigudu joined the liberation struggle in 1976 and received military training at Doroi Camp in Mozambique, before receiving further training in Romania.

The late freedom fighter was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army on April 1, 1981, and was given several responsibilities in the military including army inspections, research and development.

He was promoted to the rank of Brig-Gen on June 11 this year.

Brig-Gen Chigudu is survived by his wife Vimbai and three children, Kudzai Matthew, Lenin Munashe and Chido Beauty