By Kenias Chivuzhe
The body of the late national hero, Brigadier General Charles Kaneta has arrived at his rural home in Honde Valley area of Manicaland province.
The late national hero was a pillar of strength to the family and his humility generosity inspired many.
“My brother who learnt at Hlabiso before proceeding to Biriri for secondary education was caring. We missed him when he went to war and we had days of celebrations after his return from the war in 1980. He United all family members and assisted all,” said his brother.
Brigadier General Kaneta’s contribution towards rural electrification and harvesting of water for the development of irrigation in support of the agrarian revolution will forever be remembered by the Honde Valley community.
A villager said, “The late national hero is known for helping the local community. He provides the local community with firewood from his plantation. He would assist the local community to get employment.”
“The late Brig is my neighbour. We are saddened by the loss. He spearheaded a number of programmes that include rural electrification and water projects. We looked up to him in times challenges,” another noted.
Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Nokuthula Matsikenyere, consoled the family describing the national hero’s death as a sad loss to the province and the country.
“We are deeply saddened following the death of Brigadier General Kaneta. The passing on of our heroes is a source of worry when there are heightened efforts to reverse the gains of the liberation. The death of heroes and celebrating their lives should be a rallying point for us to defend the gains of the revolution. As the Honde Valley and Manicaland, we need to unite in moving on with the legacy he left behind. We are appreciative of the gesture by the party and President for bestowing such an honour to the late,” she said.
Brigadier General Kaneta’s body will be taken to Harare where it will lie in state at One Commando Barracks before burial at the National Heroes Acre this Saturday.