Ephraim Kanda laid to rest

By ZBC Reporter
ZANU PF National Consultative Assembly member and one of the general staff members during the liberation struggle Ephraim Kanda who died on the fifth of this month was buried at the Manicaland provincial heroes Acre this Thursday.
Thousands thronged Manicaland provincial heroes’ acre this Thursday to pay their last respects to the late revolutionary Cde Ephraim Kanda who died on the 5th of this month.
The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa who attended the burial described the Cde Kanda as a dedicated and a rare breed of cadres who understood and respected the revolutionary ideology and values.
“Cde Kanda was a dedicated and consistent cadre who worked tirelessly for the county and understood the revolutionary ideology that the war was fought for the people. Cde Kanda is one of the Cde who went to the liberation struggle early hence he earned the title of being a member of the general staff. He worked as a political commissar in Matabeleland north for a year as this shows that his love for the country and people of Zimbabwe had no tribal boundaries. The messages which came through at this burial are those to say let’s stand by the values and principles which we fought for. Zimbabwe should never be a colony again and we should work together and remain united in defending the revolution and promoting development in order to progress,” she said.
The Minister of State for provincial affairs Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba chronicled the history of Cde Kanda whose Chimurenga name was Cde Phillip Mukono.
“This is a sad moment as we continue to loss dedicated freedom fighters. Cde Kanda is one of the high ranked freedom fighters as he held the position of general staff. On the 24th of June, he joined the liberation struggle in Zambia and stayed at Chifombo before proceeding to Mugagao military camp in Tanzania for his military training. He sacrificed his life to liberate the country,” she said.
Zanu pf Manicaland provincial chairperson Cde Mike Madiro Cde Kanda’s death is not only a huge loss to his family but the province and the country.
“As a party and Manicaland province, we have lost a gallant son of the country who was highly disciplined. He died as a member of the National consultative assembly of the party which gives guidance to upcoming party members,” he said.
Cde Ephraim Kanda was born on the 16th of July 1956 in Chinhoyi and was educated in the town up to form four. He joined the liberation struggle in 1974.
In February 1979, cde Kanda was appointed the Monomutapa Sectorial Field Operational Political Commissar. Thereafter he was left in charge of operations in Bocha and Chimanimani as one of the sectorial commanders.
After independence, he was a political commissar in Matabeleland North before moving to the ministry of Youth, Sport and Recreation where he became a district head.
Cde Kanda who was a member of the ZANU PF National Consultative assembly was also a successful banana farmer.