The late Brigadier General Charles Kaneta, who died on Saturday has been declared a national hero.
In a statement, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the news of the death of Brigadier General Kaneta came as a shock as he showed no signs of ill-health and was on a routine visit to his rural home in Honde, Manicaland Province at the time of his death.
Cde Mnangagwa said the passing on of Brigadier General Kaneta, whose Chimurenga name was Santana Tongai, is a great loss to the nation, and the Defence Force, whose crop of wartime field commanders is gradually being whittled down.
The late Brigadier General joined the liberation struggle in 1975 in Mozambique at a very tender age and was to become a graduate of the Nanjing Military Academy in China, as well as a beneficiary of specialised military training in Syria.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa described the late 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, late Cde Crispen Mandizvidza and Dr Sidney Sekeramayi.
Following his attestation in 1981 into the integrated Zimbabwe National Army, the late Brigadier General realised an illustrious military career, rising through the ranks to become a Brigadier General.
He is survived by his wife, Amai Kaneta and children.