Calls to document history of liberation struggle in defence of national sovereignty

By ZBC Reporter

Liberation war hero Cde Farai Marume, who died on the 8th of this month, has been buried at the Mutare Provincial Heroes Acre.

Speaking on the sidelines of the burial of Cde Marume, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association Chairperson Cde Chris Mutsvangwa implored war veterans and academics to take advantage of the institute of the African Knowledge to document the rich history of the liberation struggle.

We are saddened by the passing on of Cde Farai Marume. He is a hero of our national liberation struggle. We were together in the Mozambique Camps where he trained as we were together in the battlefields in Zimbabwe were he fought. We want to encourage war veterans before they die that they tell their story taking full advantage of the institute of African Knowledge which the president has set up. Their stories are needed by future generations and we cannot afford to have that history disappear without being recorded. We also want to encourage the academia and many other institutions to go the villagers and here about how the war was fought because this war was not fought outside the country but in the country. Young people should ask their parents on the war experience. Its shapes the identity of Zimbabweans as heroic people and in the process protect the country from recolonisation,he said.

Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Honourable Nokuthula Matsikenyere described Cde Marume as a dedicated freedom fighter.

Cde Marume sacrificed his life to liberate the country. You should not let down Cde Farai Marume’s legacy that led him to be accorded the heroes status,said Matsikenyere.

Family spokesperson Sebastian Marume was appreciative of the recognition given to their loved one.

We want to thank President Mnangagwa for granting the provincial heroes status to Cde Marume. We understand that this honour is testimony of good works and commitment exhibited by the late Cde.

Cde Farai Marume whose Chimurenga name was Pondai Mabhunu joined the liberation struggle in 1978 and trained at Movonde camp in 1979.

After Independence he joined the Zimbabwe National Army, becoming a military tactician who was involved in the Mozambique and Congo campaigns.

He rose through the ranks to become Warrant Officer, a position he held until the time if his death.