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Brave Zipra Commander Rodger Matshimini remembered

by Ncube T
24 Feb 2020 at 06:14hrs | Views
The late brave Zipra Commander Rodger Mzila Ncube popularly known as Matshimini was remembered through song and dance by scores of his natives at Mzila Community under Chief Malaba amid calls for the Mnangagwa government to honour people's pleas for a better life.

Matshimini was in the first soldiers to train in the USSR and led the Reconnaisance team that conducted the first sabotage activities that shook the Smith regime.At one point, Smith bizarrely claimed the derailing of trains was the work of baboons in denial that Zipra forces had entered like a whirlwind & was shaking the system tremendously.

Various Zipra cadres like Tshinga Dube, Abel Mazinyane, Jack Mpofu among others have time and again lauded Matshimini as an illustrious, uncompromising fighter who was hell bent on liberating the country from all forms of bondage.

Speaker after speaker called heaped praises on Matshimini and paid tribute to the heroic Mzila community for bringing up such a dedicated liberator.

There were loud calls from the people for government to put in place a Matebeleland recovery plan to cover up for development years lost due to unwarranted killings, the Gukurahundi genocide.

Some called for the strengthening of Zapu structures for the fruits of independence to be enjoyed by all and sundry, not the selected few. Rodger Mzila's son Nkululeko Mzila, who, before the memorial service visited his father's grave at the Nkulumane Heroes' Acre thanked people from far and beyond for honouring his father and vowed to continue from where he left.

Nkululeko is part of the revived Zapu leadership and noted that his father's sweat was not in vain and total emancipation will be realised.

Matshimini died in 1999 at the age of 60 and was rightfully declared a liberation war hero.
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Source - Ncube T
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