‘Zim should celebrate its living heroes’

'Mother Muchinguri is a great inspiration to our generation considering how she went to war and maintained the revolutionary spirit and consistency until to date'

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By ALBERT MASAKA

ZIMBABWEANS have been implored to celebrate heroes in the communities such as the minister of Defence Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri while they are still alive.

BigDeal Economic empowerment leader James Pande said this yesterday while celebrating the birthday of veteran politician Muchinguri.

She has over two decades’ experience in senior government positions.

“We need to celebrate our heroes and heroines while they are still alive. Mother Muchinguri is a great inspiration to our generation considering how she went to war and maintained the revolutionary spirit and consistency until to date.

Born on 14 December 1958, Muchinguri-Kashiri is a decorated war veteran who underwent her military training in Mozambique under the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army and later joined the Second Chimurenga.

Pande added that Muchinguri who was appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe’s first female Minister of Defence wields extensive knowledge in governance and politics.

“President Mnangagwa appointed her to be the Minister of Defence based on merit, loyalty and dedication to the struggle and post-independence performance.

“For me she is a definition of a solid, selfless and brave African woman, a rare breed in our lifetime.

He also called on the girl-child to emulate Muchinguri’s trailblazing journey by being resolute and believing in themselves, not to rely on handouts and from men for money.

“Success comes from hard work and sacrifice not shortcuts, they must emulate women like Mother Muchinguri and believe that anything is possible blessings come from God not human beings.

Muchinguri is married to Bishop Anthony Kashiri.

She held her first Ministerial post in 1997 as Minister of State in the President’s Office, a post she held until 2000.

In 2017 she became the first woman to be Zanu PF National Chairperson.
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