Major-Gen Bhebe was forthright, an asset to the ZDF – VP Chiwenga

By Justin Mahlahla

Vice President General (Retd) Dr Constantino Chiwenga has described national hero, Major General (Retired) Sydney Bhebe as a diligent commander of the Zimbabwe National Army who served his country with distinction.

In a statement, the Vice President said the late General ran the full course of duty and service to his country with distinction.

“It began with his patriotic decision to join others and fight for the liberation of this country from the unforgiving jaws of colonialism, in 1977.

Vice President Chiwenga said the late Major General Bhebe was a forthright and reliable General Officer.

“He also served diligently with the Zimbabwe National Army, where he proved his mettle as a commander, leader, administrator and strategic thinker. The Zimbabwe Defence Forces benefited from his good childhood grooming in a family whose parents were both teachers. His inherent disciplined deportment complimented a level of intelligence that was characterized by order, which impressed most of us,” he said.

“On behalf of the Minister of State in my Office Hon. Maj. Gen. (Retd) S. Khumalo, Dep. Minister Hon. Dr. J. C. Mangwiro, Permanent Secretary Air Commodore Dr. J. Chimedza, Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. G. Mashava, Chief Directors, Directors, the entire Staff, my family and on my own behalf, I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the Bhebe family and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces on the untimely passing on of Major General (Retired) Sydney Bhebe.”

Major General (Retired) Sydney Bhebe passed on in the evening of 13 June 2022 at the Avenues Clinic, at a time the country was still mourning two other gallant fighters and decorated national heroes, the late Major Generals (Retired) Godfrey Chanakira and Sikhulile Simpson Nyathi.