Late ZNA Commander Lt-Gen Chimonyo remembered

By ZBC Reporter

A memorial service for the late Zimbabwe National Army Commander, Lieutenant-General Edzai Chimonyo has been held at the Chimonyo Family residence in Greystone Park, Harare this Saturday.

The service was attended by President Emmerson Mnangagwa together with other dignitaries.

The proceedings at the memorial service started with the Chimonyo family lighting memorial service pillar candles in remembrance of the late army commander, followed by the signing of the condolence book by President Mnangagwa and others in attendance.

Speaking during the event, President Mnangagwa described the late Chimonyo as a dedicated cadre who sacrificed immensely for the country.

“Lt-Gen Edzai Chimonyo was a loyal, trusted and dependable cadre of the revolution who stood firm for what was right for his country,” he said.

The President also spoke highly of the late Lt-Gen Chimonyo’s business prowess, calling upon farmers and business people to emulate his way of operating.

“Lt-Gen Chimonyo was a farmer renowned for producing high grade bananas in the Burma Valley, which remains a flourishing venture. This is evidence of the solid foundation he laid & must inspire business people to establish inter generational entities that transcend their lifetimes,” he added.

Lt-Gen Chimonyo participated in the liberation struggle and his nom de guerre during the war which he joined in 1975, was Edzai Mabhunu.

He trained in both Mozambique and Tanzania and later became a key instructor.

After the war, he joined the ZNA where he led army units to countries like Mozambique, Somalia and the DRC.

Lt-Gen Chimonyo served as Zimbabwe’s Ambabssador to Tanzania before his appointment as ZNA Commander, in March 2018, at a ceremony held at One Commando Barracks in Harare.

Lieutenant-General Chimonyo died from cancer in July last year and was buried at the National Heroes Acre.