Call for more documentation of liberation struggle as Ambassador Bvuma publishes “The chosen Generation”

By Wellington Makonese

The academia and veterans of the liberation struggle have been challenged to document experiences of the armed struggle from an Afrocentric perspective to avoid distortions by imperialist forces.

This came out during the launch of a book titled, ‘The Chosen Generation’, which explores the life of young people who joined the liberation struggle in the 1970s.

Exploits by some of the surviving and fallen heroes of the armed struggle have gone undocumented, leaving western authors to ride on that loophole with half-baked accounts.

Speaking during the launch of the book: The Chosen Generation in Harare this Thursday, ZANU PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa said the academia and liberation war cadres should utilise resource stored through the Institute of African Knowledge.

“We have manuscripts that are now there for the taking, written by our cadres in the war, as a commander one would write your exploits such that when you die the cadres will pick it up. I like to thank the Swiss embassy. We need to document stories of the struggle, so that children can ask questions and get the responses,” Ambassador Mutsvangwa said.

Author of the book, Ambassador Thomas Bvuma was inspired by his experiences in the struggle and feels more should be written from an African perspective.

“The book explores our experiences in the struggle which had a roller coaster of emotions. No one should right our history except ourselves and if not, future generations will lose and history will be lost. The challenge now is electronic public,” said Ambassador Bvuma.

Meanwhile, the Mazorodze family handed over artifacts left behind by the late national hero, Cde Simon Mazorodze to the Museum of African Liberation which is setting up an archive of liberation war documents and artefacts for the benefit of future generations.