National hero’s body taken to Kwekwe

By ZBC Reporter

THE body of late National Hero, Brigadier General (Rtd) Benjamin Mabenge has been flown to his Sakunda Farm in Kwekwe for relatives and friends to give him a befitting send off

The body was escorted by family and Zimbabwe National Army officials from Charles Gumbo Barracks to his farm in Kwekwe to give the community an opportunity to bid farewell to the late military strategist.

It is expected back in Harare this afternoon ahead of burial at the national shrine this Wednesday.

“This is a family procession, where the body is flown to his Sakunda Farm, he will be received by 5 Brigade and expected back in the afternoon. Government will then take over for burial at the National Heroes Acre tomorrow,” said Brigadier General Stanley Mangena.

The late Brigadier General Retired Mabenge was conferred with National Hero status last night, with the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri briefing the family on government’s decision.

Brigadier General Retired Mabenge, whose Chimurenga name was Cde Freddie Matanga, was born on the 6th of August, 1954 in Zvishavane and attended Copper Queen primary School.

After the liberation struggle and serving in various capacities in the military, he became ZANU PF Chief Representative in Middle East.

He was also a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation-ZBC board member between 2010 and 14 in addition to serving as a commissioner for the Zimbabwe Defence Service Commission.

The late Brigadier General Retired Mabenge is survived by six children.