By Sifiso Sibanda
NATIONAL Hero, Retired Major General Sydney Bhebe has been described as a selfless brave fighter who was principled in executing his duties of defending the gains of independence.
The broader Bhebe family says the passing on of the national hero is a huge loss to their clan as he was a unifier who encouraged all to continue with their education and be shining examples in the Mberengwa community and the nation at large.
These were the words of family members as they paid tribute to the national hero at a church service held at his home in Bulawayo.
“His death has robbed the family of an inspiration in the family who encouraged us all to be educated and continue studying,” said the family spokesperson.
“As children we have lost a loving father who was always there for us all and gave us hope even during difficult circumstances and while it is painful to know that he is gone, his advice remains and that makes us stronger.
“Our son-in-law was a loving man who respected all of us and became a family member who supported us at all times, his works speak volumes to the family and nation and that he is now a national hero confirms that we shared him with the entire nation and we thank the president for this recognition.”
The political leadership described the national hero as a decorated military man who put the nation first and remained principled to the constitution of the country.
“The Bhebhe family is famous for being highly educated and that has earned them a good name in Mberengwa and the country so this is someone who after the war went back to school to do mathematics, a demonstration that he was naturally brilliant and we are sorry for the loss,” said Honourable July Moyo.
The body of the national hero was later taken back to Harare for burial at the national shrine on Monday.