Funeral Parade held for late Major General (Retd) Bhebe

By Peter Chivhima

A funeral parade was held for the late National Hero Major General Retired Sydney Bhebe at Charles Gumbo Barracks in Harare this Friday.

The parade was attended by friends, relatives and senior Zimbabwe Defence Forces-(ZDF).

Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, who was the Chief Mourner, implored the nation to value sacrifices by the country’s heroes and heroines during the liberation struggle.

We must not forget the sacrifices that he and other heroes and heroines made for us to be free today. It remains a challenge to us all to defend the values that they stood and fought for. We must always remember that to be who we are today , is because somebody shed their sweat and blood as the late Major General Retired Bhebe and many others did. Let us never take these sacrifices for granted,” he said.

One of the late national hero’s colleagues Major General Emmanuel Matatu said the nation has lost an exceptional administrator.

Major General Bhebe was a true administrator and his loss is a great loss to the nation”, he noted.

To the family, Major General Retired Bhebe was a pillar of strength.

Major General (Retd) Bhebe’s body will be taken to his home in Bulawayo this Saturday before being flown back on the same day.

A church service will be held in Waterfalls, Harare on Sunday, ahead of burial at the National Heroes Acre on Monday.

The late Major General (Retd) Bhebe joined freedom fighters based at the Chigumbapire Mountain East of Masase Mission in Mberengwa when he was still at School in 1977.

In the company of other young recruits, the late Major General (Retd) Bhebe left Chigumbapire Mountain for Botswana enroute to Zambia for military training.

In the same year, the late National Hero’s group was taken to Boma Training Camp in Angola for further military training.

He was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army at independence in 1980 and rose through the ranks to become Major General, a rank he held until he retired last year.