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Gwanda buries it's heroine

by Staff Reporter
24 Aug 2015 at 14:18hrs | Views
Hundreds of Gwanda villagers braved the Friday afternoon hot sun to lay their last respects to liberation war heroine Jane Tapela Mandipa.

Mandipa died on the 18th of August at the United Bulawayo Hospitals after a long illness.

Born on the 19th of November 1960, Mandipa did her education at her home village of Ntalale before joining there liberation struggle on the 17th of April in 1977 as a teenager. She joined the liberation struggle under the ZIPRA wing through Bobonong in Botswana before proceeding for military training in Zambia.

In 1978 she survived the Smith regime onslaught on the ZIPRA camps in Mlogolo Zambia where scores of people perished in the historic brutal air raid by the Smith regime.

After the attack she was moved to Solwezi camp where she was trained as a nurse. She was sent for further nursing training in Romania where she completed her studied shortly before independence in 1980.

After her training in Romania she was seconded to work in Lusaka Zambia where she remained until 1981 when she came back to the independent Zimbabwe.

On return to Zimbabwe she joined the Ministry of Health where she worked at several government health centres before settling at Gwanda Hospital where she was serving as a senior nurse until her death.

Mandipa whose husband Jeffius Mandipa passed on a couple of years ahead of her left behind nine children and eight grand children.

Source - Byo24News

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