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Zimbabwe President Mugabe Honors Liberation Pioneers

Source: www.herald.co.zw

Source: www.herald.co.zw

Nearly 60 000 people converged at the National Sports Stadium in Harare yesterday to mark the 34th anniversary of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces Day, where President Mugabe addressed the gathering.

At the ceremony 21 pioneers of the liberation struggle were honored with medals, together with six serving ZDF members and three who are retired. 
The ZDF members were honored for their exploits while executing several missions, especially during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Operation Sovereign Legitimacy.

Pioneers of the liberation struggle who were honored were Comrades John Makwasha, Loice Chimimba Chuma, Pilate Dube, Saul Gwakuba Ndlovu, Sibongile Ncube Matavire, Phibion Sipanera, Jaison Chirinda, Edison Joseph Khumalo, Tineyi Chigudu, Noel Museredza, Irene Mareesa Dube, Juliet Chitsungo and Onias Garikai Bhasha.

The others who were honored for their role in pioneering the struggle were Comrades Georgina Minizhu, Reuben Vurayayi Mafika, Wereki Sandiyani, Darican Nyarende, Shadreck Chipanga, Florence Miti and Niffa Makoto.

Reading the citation of the 21 representative pioneers of the struggle, Defense Minister Dr. Sydney Sekeramayi said the men and women joined the war of liberation during its formative years and served in leadership positions both at the front and rear.

“They were principled, dedicated and competent leaders who played a critical role in leading the liberation forces,” said Sekeremayi.
“Their allegiance and dedication to Zimbabwe continues to this day as they contribute in different capacities to jealously safeguard the freedom, independence, sovereignty, norms and values of the Republic of Zimbabwe.”

In his key note address, the president said the genesis of the ZDF sprang from the varied forms of oppression perpetrated by white colonialists on the Black majority. 
He said it started with white settlers displacing indigenous people from fertile to unproductive land that was unsuitable for either cropping or grazing.

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14 thoughts on “Zimbabwe President Mugabe Honors Liberation Pioneers

  1. Russell Smith says:

    So one of the most corrupt leaders in all of Africa–which is saying something–is congratulating the people that helped him gain power originally? I don't know if all these folks are as corrupt as their leader, but I wonder if these same people also help him win last year's election?

    They won a war against their oppressors only to become the oppressors. I wonder how Morgan Tsvangirai and the supporters of the MDC feel about it. Zimbabwe's a joke.

  2. Broonwyn Conner You got it all wrong. You say President Mugabe cronies were given white farmers land, now that is totally nonsense. Obviously, you do not know anything about Zimbabwe's history, and how whites aquired the land they illegally hold. Simple put, through invadsion, colonizing, and murder. The country is struggling because of the sanctions, and yes they will struggle for some time to come, becuse they are trying to run their own country, and not allow foreigners, and invaders to run their own land. Nobody expect whites to like President Mugabe, and what you say about him, we are not hearing it. They need to be doing the same thing in all the other Afurakan countries whites still rule, like South Africa.

  3. White folks caring about what happens to black Africans? Please.

  4. Russell Smith says:

    Why's that? Because people aren't allowed to love other skin types or have compassion for those who are oppressed and abused?

    Love fosters love. If you don't have love for white people and I don't have love for black people, Asians, Hispanics, etc, then what makes either of us any different than them? At that point, we're all just racists.

  5. Francesco Silva says:

    Nzingha Shabaka you go to any South African town from Durban to Cape Town and just see for yourself all the Zimbabwean youths looking for a job there. Talk to them and they'll tell you how wonderful Mugabe's leadership has been to the people…anyone who's not part of the top tiers shuffling all the riches away to swiss bank accounts is in complete misery…Zimbabweans go to South Africa and usually get a job they work hard for. Black south Africans resent them, rob and stab them because instead of awaiting for whites to just give money away they acquire skills and are willing to work. They have a hard life, whether at home or abroad, and would happily see more sanctions if that helped them get rid of Mugabe. And it's no matter I'm white, this is what I saw and what several Zimbabwean people told me, not some conjecture inspired by anti-someone sentiment. Hate doesn't get anyone anything, goodwill does and this applies to everyone. What about some "history of the present"? Go and see for yourself. Peace.

  6. Russell Smith Morgan Tsvanfirai recently has been busy trrying to keep up with the women. I believe he married and divorced a couple times since the election. Where are you getting your information about president Mugabe, you would look and sound much better if you had some criticism for Cecil Rhodes, the orginal criminal who stole a country, and do not forget Eign Smith, who said Zimbabwe would never be ruled by blacks.

  7. Francesco Silva I tell you what after Cecil Rhodes, killing all those Afrukan people, and yes stealing from the people, Cecil Rhodes was the Bill Gates of the time when he ruled in Zimbabwe, when he left home heading to SA he had to borrow money from an aunt to make the trip, and he end up being the riches man, in the world, where did he get this money? Not only that he left a Cecil Rhodes foundation, they hand out Rhodes scholarships, he had no children, never married, so most of his fortune I believe went to his Rhodes scholarship, we see people getting today, 2014. How come folks are so quick to talk about Presdent Mugabe, and says nothing about the white invader, colonizer and murderer Cecil Rhodes, millions of Zimbabweans died in his invasion. You people don't expect to see Zimbabwe not struggle even if there were no sanctions. If the president and his people are benefitting from aquiring land or whatever, he is not stealing it, the land belongs to the black people. I think he is doing very well struggling to move Zimbabwe forward, with all the stumbling blocks in his way.

  8. Russell Smith President Mugabe cannot be compared to those criminals, whatsoever. One question, have you ever criticize those those ctiminals, Smith and Rhodes before President Mugabe became president?

  9. Rory Grieve says:

    Nzingha Shabaka Rhodes nor Smith stole (took personal ownership) of the land haha ur funny. You know nothing of factual history. "Rhodesia" was founded under the Royal Charter of Queen Victoria and HER ordered colonisation started in the 1890's. Rhodes and Smith were employees, thats all silly. You like to focus on "white criminals" yet you seem to deny that your beloved Mugabe torments and ruins the lives of black and white Zimbabweans alike. It's not about wether you are black or white. Why do I get the feeling that you are a Zanu PF member, or at LEAST a voter? That is the only way you see ANYTHING in Zimbabwe, yes you have to be black granted BUT YOU ALSO have to be Zanu ….. of course you Zanu don't like that being brought up do you. Either you are grossly misinformed and deliberately lied to or you have to be with the ruthless dictatorial regime right? There is no defense for trying to steal land from a person based on skin colour, they bought the TITLE DEED with their own money if you now want it, buy the TITLE DEED or tell Mugabe to buy it for you. Otherwise, stop trying to steal what is not yours- the farmers paid with their personal money for what they have. You can damn well do the same.

  10. Rory Grieve says:

    So Collin you openly admitting to being a bigot? This is unworthy of any journalistic merit whatsoever, the man is an old bigot., meanwhile, here on earth, the Imperial Colonisation of Rhodesia and South Africa by Charter (the nowadays Zimbabwe and RSA) began in the 1880's-90's You would have to be 110 years old today AT LEAST, otherwise, how would any living white be a founder, aka "settler"? Those people are born there they are not European (sorry for you) like any other person there of their generation and age today, regardless of skin colour they are African. Zimbabweans and South Africans feudally occupied their tribal land thats how they got it in the first place- same as the white people did later on. There are no original white settlers left to persecute in any case and havent been for years, decades more like. You are persecuting people for the crimes of others who came before them- you must be so proud. The "settlers" have all died of war and old age, literally. Africa, for centuries before white people even knew it was there, was and clearly still is very much a feudal continent as documented in history, ie they like to fight and go to war, ultimately to take stuff and claim stuff from one another that is not theirs to take (usually the purpose of war). How else did the Bantu tribe claim superiority inland over the minority tribes and the Zulu their claim on the coast? They went, they saw, they fought hard and 'stole' and claimed for their own. That is a fact. What was Imperialism? No different, People coming, fighting, claiming and taking for their own. The difference is, the Empire basically ended up giving it back. You like to base events on skin colour rather than action, only because it is convenient to your lies and hate. Anyway, yes the empire(s) took a lot in terms of commodities and natural resources, really alot BUT they also brought schools, education, writing, christianity, technology, agriculture and stock farming, roads, science, mechanisation and so on. They also created the world markets today where tea and coffee are some of the highest priced commodities and they come from africa, india and south america….. to the white devils ….. who pay dearly for them so they created YOUR trade and commerce you take for granted, the fact you never see prosperity even though all the money is made is somewhat disturbing to us is it not to you? Was value paid in the early days, who the hell really knows eh, no one alive today anyway, probably not quite but the addition of those advances mentioned above are immeasurable for the advancement of any and all races and societies yet they are completely disregarded for the purposes of rational thinking here apparently.. People only like to focus on what was taken, not what was left behind or given- that is on top of what was IN FACT paid for- even though it was almost always won outright in a war and no money was payable. The colonials did not have to give them anything, not a thing, yet they did. Did the Zulu and Bantu go around giving stuff back afterwards and being all nice and neighbourly? WELL? No, the surely darn did not- no surprises. So basically this is a "blacks" only game (well was a blacks only game, the days of that kind of migration are long over) according to you and we are the bad ones? Meanwhile go to Europe, America, Australia, New Zealand and even more outlandish places like China haha> you find african/black people who have moved to other peoples countries and homes and "taken jobs" and all that you complain about ….. yet those societies adapt and EVOLVE. Why is it that Africa must be the only country to expect reward for nothing AND refusing to participate and co-inhabit? Your friends, relatives and ex country men, all black, all living all over the world peacefully with others and yet you still go on and on like this blaming dead people and harassing their descendants whilst reaping the benefits of what is there. Your problem is that you are so indoctrinated in hate against "whites" that your beloved south africa is going to look like decimated Zimbabwe next door soon. You are distracted by your lying government, they tell you they will "give you that whites land" but believe you me they cannot …. for he paid for his land to the state (all transaction like that originate back to the state for the big farms you want so badly) and got his TITLE DEED. Now, the land is worthless to you because you have no title, and rightly so. If you want the title, you can buy the farm or your leaders can buy the farm for you- I am sure the farmer will be very happy to leave you to ruin the land and go off to a better place. Money was paid for it, "The State" does not change just because the faces in parliament go from white to black it is still "The State" and fully documented as always. So, when as you like to think that is, you threw the whites out, they actually just left and thats it they had enough of the hate (not the politicians, the citizens, the ones that kept the economy and finances growing so well, workers, like you, just white). If you want farms, buy them back. Money was paid in the beginning by private individuals and "The State" can now deal with your 'claims'. As for whats next? You full well know your government lie to you and tell you to "blame apartheid" for your problems and like a brain damaged child you keep smashing your head against that apartheid rock/wall. You need to stop fighting amongst yourselves and make those greedy thieving politicians of yours accountable. That country, that land that BOTH black and white died for in the HUNREDS OF THOUSANDS, where you stand now> is a mess, you ONLY have yourselves to blame because you are too busy squabbling like petty children. It used to be the land of hope and promise, rich beyond all imagination and with unlimited potential, the envy of every king and queen in Europe and LOOK WHAT YOU ARE DOING. Shame on you all.

  11. Rory Grieve says:

    You speak the truth Bronwyn. These people are bigots, I am cutting and pasting this message from my email as massive spam against their stupid hatred, feel free to take a copy and use it and pass it on :
    Unworthy of any journalistic merit whatsoever, the man is an old bigot., meanwhile, here on earth, the Imperial Colonisation of Rhodesia and South Africa by Charter (the nowadays Zimbabwe and RSA) began in the 1880's-90's You would have to be 110 years old today AT LEAST, otherwise, how would any living white be a founder, aka "settler"? Those people are born there they are not European (sorry for you) like any other person there of their generation and age today, regardless of skin colour they are African. Zimbabweans and South Africans feudally occupied their tribal land thats how they got it in the first place- same as the white people did later on. There are no original white settlers left to persecute in any case and havent been for years, decades more like. You are persecuting people for the crimes of others who came before them- you must be so proud. The "settlers" have all died of war and old age, literally. Africa, for centuries before white people even knew it was there, was and clearly still is very much a feudal continent as documented in history, ie they like to fight and go to war, ultimately to take stuff and claim stuff from one another that is not theirs to take (usually the purpose of war). How else did the Bantu tribe claim superiority inland over the minority tribes and the Zulu their claim on the coast? They went, they saw, they fought hard and 'stole' and claimed for their own. That is a fact. What was Imperialism? No different, People coming, fighting, claiming and taking for their own. The difference is, the Empire basically ended up giving it back. You like to base events on skin colour rather than action, only because it is convenient to your lies and hate. Anyway, yes the empire(s) took a lot in terms of commodities and natural resources, really alot BUT they also brought schools, education, writing, christianity, technology, agriculture and stock farming, roads, science, mechanisation and so on. They also created the world markets today where tea and coffee are some of the highest priced commodities and they come from africa, india and south america….. to the white devils ….. who pay dearly for them so they created YOUR trade and commerce you take for granted, the fact you never see prosperity even though all the money is made is somewhat disturbing to us is it not to you? Was value paid in the early days, who the hell really knows eh, no one alive today anyway, probably not quite but the addition of those advances mentioned above are immeasurable for the advancement of any and all races and societies yet they are completely disregarded for the purposes of rational thinking here apparently.. People only like to focus on what was taken, not what was left behind or given- that is on top of what was IN FACT paid for- even though it was almost always won outright in a war and no money was payable. The colonials did not have to give them anything, not a thing, yet they did. Did the Zulu and Bantu go around giving stuff back afterwards and being all nice and neighbourly? WELL? No, the surely darn did not- no surprises. So basically this is a "blacks" only game (well was a blacks only game, the days of that kind of migration are long over) according to you and we are the bad ones? Meanwhile go to Europe, America, Australia, New Zealand and even more outlandish places like China haha> you find african/black people who have moved to other peoples countries and homes and "taken jobs" and all that you complain about ….. yet those societies adapt and EVOLVE. Why is it that Africa must be the only country to expect reward for nothing AND refusing to participate and co-inhabit? Your friends, relatives and ex country men, all black, all living all over the world peacefully with others and yet you still go on and on like this blaming dead people and harassing their descendants whilst reaping the benefits of what is there. Your problem is that you are so indoctrinated in hate against "whites" that your beloved south africa is going to look like decimated Zimbabwe next door soon. You are distracted by your lying government, they tell you they will "give you that whites land" but believe you me they cannot …. for he paid for his land to the state (all transaction like that originate back to the state for the big farms you want so badly) and got his TITLE DEED. Now, the land is worthless to you because you have no title, and rightly so. If you want the title, you can buy the farm or your leaders can buy the farm for you- I am sure the farmer will be very happy to leave you to ruin the land and go off to a better place. Money was paid for it, "The State" does not change just because the faces in parliament go from white to black it is still "The State" and fully documented as always. So, when as you like to think that is, you threw the whites out, they actually just left and thats it they had enough of the hate (not the politicians, the citizens, the ones that kept the economy and finances growing so well, workers, like you, just white). If you want farms, buy them back. Money was paid in the beginning by private individuals and "The State" can now deal with your 'claims'. As for whats next? You full well know your government lie to you and tell you to "blame apartheid" for your problems and like a brain damaged child you keep smashing your head against that apartheid rock/wall. You need to stop fighting amongst yourselves and make those greedy thieving politicians of yours accountable. That country, that land that BOTH black and white died for in the HUNREDS OF THOUSANDS, where you stand now> is a mess, you ONLY have yourselves to blame because you are too busy squabbling like petty children. It used to be the land of hope and proimse, rich beyond all imagination and with unlimited potential, the envy of every king and queen in Europe and LOOK WHAT YOU ARE DOING. Shame on you all.

  12. Russell Smith says:

    Nzingha Shabaka, yes, I have criticized those criminals. Can you say the same about Mugabe?

  13. Rory Grieve says:

    Russell Smith all the other contrite comments by Nzingha, Keith and Jared appear to have been deleted after I flatly debated their bigotry and hate into the ground. Dogged persistence 😀 It's amazing how they say it all and then it is all recanted once the acid test proves …….. yep Haters & Bigots 100% loaded. It's sad really.

  14. Rory Grieve says:

    Russell Smith I have asked her and her bigoted hateful conspirators here to now justify themselves in debate. So far 1. silence 2. hurling abuse + insults, lastly 3. complete denial. I doubt they have anything of actual significance to add to the matter at this stage, especially considering they are hypocritical bigots relying on the historic suffering of their (well, they say 'their' like they knew them personally LOL) ancestors to justify their hateful regressive mentalities here today. Self serving contrite uninformed bigotry not worthy of daylight.

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