By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor
RELATIVES and colleagues have described the late Brigadier General Charles Kaneta as a soft spoken military instructor, whose dedication to the liberation and development of Zimbabwe is immeasurable.
‘Our brilliant military instructor’, ‘Dedicated, steadfast and committed cadre’, ‘An Accomplished Diplomat’ and ‘Zororai Murugare Chirandu’ are some of the messages that dominated Brihadier General Kaneta’s burial at the national shrine.
Family representative, Colonel Patrick Kaneta said the void left within the family and the community would difficult to fill.
“He was always available for the family and ready to assist. He was a soft spoken and gentle, he left a big void in the family and community,” he said.
The Manicaland Minister for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Nokhutula Matsikinyere said the province was looking up to the late national hero to entrench moral values within young people.
“We lost a gallant soldier whom we were looking forward to instill moral values among youths such that they desist from drug abuse and other social ills,” she said.
Brigadier General Zitterson Zabeka reminiscenced about their time together during training under the Monomotapa Company.
“We trained together under the Monomotapa Company and after training. Cde Santana was selected to specialise in the 75mm Recoilless Rifle. He was soft spoken, but his military instructions had far-reaching results,” he said.
ZANU PF Politburo member, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi said the late national hero was committed to the liberation of the country through imparting knowledge to others.
“He was a military instructor who was able to train others in the liberation struggle. He was a very humble soldier,” he noted.
Brigadier General Charles Kaneta played an important role in the country’s struggle for independence.