President mourns Major-Gen (Retd) Chanakira

By ZBC Reporter

THE President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent a message of condolences to the Chanakira family, following the death of Major-General (Retd) Chanakira.

Major General Chanakira will be buried at the National Heroes Acre this Thursday.

In a statement, the President described the passing of Major-General Chanakira as a huge, irreplaceable loss to the nation.

“Fate has robbed us of an exemplary and dedicated cadre who never looked back upon retiring from the military and joining the Office at the inception of the Second Republic as Permanent Secretary in the Office of Honourable Vice President, Dr Chiwenga,” he said.

The President also spoke on the work ethic of the late General, noting how it contributed to the success of part of the programmes implemented by the Second Republic.

“Those among us who were privileged to work with the late Major General will always remember how he exhibited leadership acumen and exceptional mentorship to subordinates under the utilities and Infrastructure Pillar of the National Development Strategy and towards the attainment of Vision 2030.

“On the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme phases one and two, General Chanakira chaired the Programme Steering Committee which collaborated with the Department of Roads as well as local authorities in undertaking massive road repair and upgrading works across all provinces,” he noted.

In passing his condolences, President Mnangagwa urged the Chanakira family to derive solace from the values left behind by the late Major-General.

“To the Chanakira family, we wish to express our deepest condolences at this difficult time when they have to bid farewell to a hardworking, loving and caring husband and father whose generosity and role as a unifier knew no boundaries of clan, ethnicity, creed or religion.

“May the family derive solace from the assurance that we share their grief and shall always cherish the values of genuine freedom, patriotism and Hunhu/ Ubuntu which the decorated General fought for and championed among workmates and superiors in an independent Zimbabwe,” added the President.

Major-Genreral (Retd) Chanakira died on Friday at the age of 65 after a short illness.

He is survived by wife Faina and three children.