By Mercy Bofu
THE late liberation war hero, Retired Senior Assistant Commissioner Edmore Veterai, who collapsed and died on the 23rd on November, had been buried in Bikita.
The people of Masvingo have been challenged to emulate the good and exemplary works of the late liberation hero, Cde Edmore Gochai Veterai, who was described as a true liberator, career civil servant, politician and an illustrious family man.
Addressing mourners at the burial of Cde Veterai at Chief Mabika’s homestead in Bikita, the Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Cde Ezra Chadzamira said the best way to appreciate the country’s heroes and heroines is to defend and preserve liberation war legacy through hard work towards economic development.
“Masvingo province has indeed lost a pillar of strength and a source of exemplary professional conduct, team player, loyal and reliable cadre,” he said.
Zanu Pf Politburo member, Cde Lovemore Matuke said Cde Veterai upheld national values as promoted by the party and its leadership, while War Veterans Representative, Retired Major General Gibson Mashingaidze challenged the current generation to defend the country’s independence.
“We have as a party, value systems that go along with our membership and leadership style and Cde Veterai stood by all that,” he said.
Family representative, Mr Munyikwa thanked the government for recognizing Cde Veterai’s contributions.
Cde Veterai (58), who at the time of his death was a Zanu PF Provincial Executive member and chairperson of Zimbabwe Sugarcane Development Association, participated in the war of liberation at a very tender age after joining Zanla Forces in 1975.
After independence, he joined the Zimbabwe Republic Police where he rose through the ranks to become a senior assistant commissioner.