Business institutions played vital role during the liberation struggle

By Davison Vandira

The business community played a crucial role during the liberation struggle, including providing shelter, food, clothing and medicine leaving an indelible mark that will forever be cherished.

At the heart of Harare’s Highfield suburb lies one business institution that is engraved in the hearts of Zimbabwe’s heroes either departed or living – Mushandirapamwe Hotel – founded by George Tawenga in 1972 which became the first black-owned hotel.

As if to vindicate its name, Mushandirapamwe Hotel became the conduit of vital information at the height of the liberation struggle when the white settler regime banned political meetings and gatherings

The hotel became the secret place for strategic planning as nationalists converged day and night.

Despite the fact that the business institution which will celebrate its golden jubilee next year played an integral part to the country’s independence journey, very few people in the area are aware of its strategic importance during the liberation struggle.

With the business sector having played such a crucial role during the liberation struggle it is businessman Mr Alex Mashamhanda’s firm belief that the best “thank you” that the young generation can give to Zimbabwe’s liberation heroes is through meaningful contribution to the country’s economic development matrix.

“Different contributions were offered by different organisations including business during the liberation struggle and it is incumbent upon youths to be guided by the country’s history to shape the future of this country,” Mashamhanda said.

As Zimbabwe continues to cherish the sacrifice made by its heroes and heroines, political and economic observers are optimistic the country’s past experience will strengthen citizen’s resolve to propel the nation to greatness.