Liberation stalwart Nkiwane declared National Hero

The late Nationalist and liberation stalwart Cde Abraham Nkiwane has been declared a national hero.
Zanu-PF secretary for Administration Cde Obert Mpofu delivered the message to the Nkiwane family this Thursday.
The late national hero was a member of the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (Zipra) High Command during the liberation struggle.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described Cde Nkiwane as a fearless unflinching patriot who never hesitated to make personal sacrifices to liberate Zimbabwe
Cde Nkiwane succumbed to prostate cancer at United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) on Tuesday.
He is survived by his wife, Ntombizodwa and three children.
Mourners are gathered at Joyful Farm in Umguza District and burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has mourned Cde Nkiwane who he said was part of ZAPU’s Special Affairs High Command where he served as Chief of Personnel and Training.
“During which time he worked with leading veterans of our struggle like the late Dumiso Dabengwa, Ackim Ndlovu, Robson Manyika, and Cdes (Ambrose) Mutinhiri and (former Vice President Phelekezela) Mphoko who are still with us today.
“He thus was among a generation of cadre-commanders who laid the groundwork for Zimbabwe’s armed liberation struggle, including securing training facilities for our cadres in far-flung countries such as Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana and Egypt on the African Continent, and the then Soviet Union, North Korea and Cuba beyond our continent,” said President Mnangagwa.
He consoled Cde Nkiwane’s family saying the liberation hero leaves indelible marks to be cherished by future generations.
“On behalf of the Party, Zanu PF, Government, and on my own behalf, I wish to express my deepest condolences to the Nkiwane family, especially to his children who have lost a loving father and guardian.
“May they find solace in the outstanding contributions which Cde Nkiwane made towards the independence of our nation. Indeed, his contribution to the struggle will forever stand out prominently in the history of our nation,” he said.
Cde Nkiwane was born on January 6, 1928, in Ntabazinduna in Matabeleland North and attended the Presbyterian Church’s David Livingstone Primary School before proceeding to Thekwane Mission after which he taught at Tjehanga School from which he was expelled along with others for their demand for justice in the manner the Methodist Church was running schools.
In 1949 he was employed by the Bulawayo Municipality working in the African Department under the directorship of Dr Hugh Ashton.
In 1954 when Cde Nkiwane was reading towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree, he left for Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) at the time of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland which had been inaugurated in 1953.
Initially, he lived in Livingstone where he worked as a stock controller in a company known as Rhodesia Mercantile Holdings. He worked for that company until 1960.
In 1961 Cde Nkiwane joined UNIP. Soon he began to work full time for Zapu and subsequently moved to Lusaka. Not so long after that Zapu leader Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo visited Zambia specifically to solicit political support from Dr Kaunda.