More resources required for construction of Matumba 6 Shrine

By ZBC Reporter

The sprucing up of Matumba 6 shrine in Mutasa where over three hundred people were reburied has recorded significant progress but more funding is required to further upgrade it.

War Veterans and youths in Mutasa with the help of well-wishers have given Matumba 6 shrine a major face lift with the aim of further developing the place into a heritage site.

Team leader at the construction site, Cde Peter Ngwarati whose Chimurenga name was Cde Choga Tichatonga and Manicaland Province War Veterans Chairperson Cde Gift Kagweda, gave an update on the construction process and outlined plans to further upgrade the shrine.

The shrine that was started in 2014 but the place was not well constructed.We then thought of constructing the graves on voluntary bases.So far out of 208 graves we are yet to construct eight graves including a mass grave.We have intention to also construct toilets and a museum as well as fencing the place.

We have 208 bodies here while the total number including the mixed remains amounts to about 400 people. We want this place to have a museum as well as collecting other Cdes that still require reburial. We urge government to set aside money to facilitate the exhumation and reburial process,they said.

Manicaland Provincial Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Nokuthula Matsikenyere described the development as a significant achievement in honouring the departed fighters of the liberation struggle.

The works being done here are encouraging. These works by the war veterans and youths have gave a face lift to this area. There is need for more people to pull resources together and further upgrade this important place as well as concluding the exhumation and reburial process. There is still a lot needed here such as drilling of borehole, road rehabilitation and further construct activities,she said.

The Matumba 6 and Chibondo reburial sites were spearheaded by the late Politburo member and National Hero, Cde George Rutanhire, who worked with the local and national leadership to give a decent burial to freedom fighters thrown into disused shafts and mass graves during the liberation struggle.