President urges Zimbabweans to fight Covid-19

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged Zimbabweans to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, warning that its variants were proving more virulent by way of spread and impact on the human body. He said Zimbabweans must not lose hope but comply with preventive measures.
“The present Covid-19 variant is stronger and spreads much faster, hence we must be more vigilant, disciplined and shift our attitude and behavior. Alive to the ongoing reality, let us however not lose heart. Let us fight on and resolve to overcome.
“With the war against Covid-19 we must be more disciplined, let us not lose heart but fight on. In organisations and families, we must keep hope alive. We should follow health and security regulations. Those not on essential duties should stay at home,” said the President
President Emmerson Mnangagwa was speaking at National Heroes Acre at the burial of the late Manicaland Minister of State and Devolution, Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba, and Cde Morton Dizzy Paul Malianga who were both declared national heroes.
Cde Malianga died on the 15th of January at Parirenyatwa Hopsital in Harare after a short illness, he was 91 years old.
Dr Gwaradzimba also died on the 15th of January, succumbing to Covid-19 at a private hospital in Harare. She was 60 years old.
The President called on all Zimbabweans to resolve to overcome the pandemic.
“In our organisations, communities and families, social groups and communication platforms, we must keep hope alive. It is also of paramount importance that we all follow the health and security protocols and procedures to contain the spread of the pandemic,” he said.
Turning to the departed hero and heroine President Mnangagwa said the death of Cde Malianga has robbed the country of one of the last 1960s generation of surviving nationalist leaders who pioneered the struggle for national independence.
Chronicling his political history, President Mnangagwa said the late nationalist was instrumental in the formation of the National Democratic Party, NDP, in December 1959 where he was elected the vice President of the party. In 1960, he led an NDP delegation to London to protest against the proposed removal of the etrenched clauses in the Southern Rhodesian 1923 constitution and to demand majority rule.
In 1961 the white regime issued an order prohibiting Cde Malianga from entering all communal lands for fear that he would organise the masses for an uprising.
In 1962, he was further prohibited from addressing or attending any gathering of more than twelve people. During the same year he was arrested and imprisoned for two years under the Law and Order Maintenance Act. It was in prison that he and other leaders organised for the formation of the Zimbabwe African National Union, ZANU.
Upon his release in 1964 he was immediately re-arrested and restricted at Whawha, Sikombela and Salisbury Maximum Security prison.
After Independence, he served as senator in the first parliament of Zimbabwe, later becoming deputy minister of Economic Planning and development.
He is survived by his wife Effie, two sons, Paidamoyo and Waraidzo and two grandchildren.
Affectionately known as “Cde Shee Tapera” during the liberation struggle, the late Dr Gwaradzimba played a pivotal role in the fight for the country’s independence and the development of the country post independence as a renowned academic.
She left the country in April 1976 to join the liberation struggle in Mozambique when she was only 16 years old. She was trained in Tanzania at Nachingwe Military Academy and was later deployed to Gaza Province, which covered the south and south-eastern regions of the country.
It was during the liberation struggle that she met her husband, Cde Godfrey Mtausi Gwaradzimba in 1978. After independence, Dr Gwaradzimba resumed her studies while remaining actively involved in politics.
The late national heroine rose through the Zanu PF Party ranks and became a Provincial Chairperson of the Women’s League, Manicaland Province in 2000, a post she held for close to 10 years.
During the 2018 harmonised elections, Dr Gwaradzimba was elected Senator for Manicaland Province covering Mutare Central and North, Mutasa South and Dangamvura-Chikanga constituencies.
She was then appointed Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister, a post she held until her untimely death.
She also served as principal lecturer at Mutare Polytechnic, Dean of students at Africa University and lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe.
President Mnangagwa said her history as an academic and continued service to the nation in the political arena must challenge more academics to avail themselves for strategic national deployment across all sectors of the economy.
“Our National Vision 2030 and the present National Development Strategy 1 requires all hands on the wheel, across all sectors of the economy and fields of specialisation, “iwe neni tine basa”,” he implored.
Dr Gwaradzimba is survived by three children, Remembrance Sasha, Victor and Trevor Jnr and eight grandchildren.

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