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Colonel Retired Mabuya declared national hero

Colonel Retired Mabuya declared national hero

Story by Wellington Makonese

THE late Colonel Retired Kenny Ridzai Mabuya who died on the 22nd of this month has been declared a national hero.

The ruling party led by its National Chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri visited the Mabuya homestead in Harare this Friday to pay their condolences to the family after the death of Colonel Retired Mabuya who breathed his last on the 22nd of this month.

Upon relaying the National Hero Status message, Cde Muchinguri Kashiri said the nation has lost a dedicated cadre.

“We have come here as messengers of the present to present that Cde Ridzai Mabuya has been declared a national hero he is a man who had a rich history of sacrifice in the liberation struggle, and worked hard in both Mozambique and Zimbabwe,” she said.

While appreciating the government for recognising Colonel Retired Mabuya’s contributions to the independence of the country, the family said they have lost a pillar.

“I would like to thank the President and government for such an honor, he is someone who balanced work and family,” said his wife, Lethinah Sidimeli Mabuya.

The late’s daughter, Sifiso Mabuya said, “We have lost a pillar and have just learned of more of his sacrifices in his death.”

“The national hero status conferred is an honor to us and we will try to live following his ways which is difficult,” said his other daughter, Siphiwe Mabuya.

Colonel Retired Mabuya, whose Chimurenga name was ‘Kenny Ridzai, was born in 1952 in Filabusi, Matabeleland South Province, where he began school.

Cde Ridzai went to Lusaka for training before departing for Itumbi Training Camp in Tanzania in December 1969 and returned to Zimbabwe in 1972.

In 1977, he was sent to China for further military training and was appointed to lead the advance group to the Lancaster House Conference in 1979.

After independence in 1980, the late Colonel Retired Mabuya was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army in 1981.

During his illustrious career in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, the late Senior Officer held several challenging appointments, before his retirement in 1994 after receiving several accolades.

Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

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