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Time ripe to exorcise colonial ghosts, says Mnangagwa

06/12/2017 00:00:00
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RENAMING various strategic monuments and institutions after the national heroes is some form exorcising the ghost of colonialism, says President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The president made the remarks on Wednesday as he was officially commissioning the renaming of King George V1 Barracks to Josiah Magama Tongogara. 

KGV1 Barracks is the headquarters of the Zimbabwe National Army and Air Force of Zimbabwe.

According to a statement from the Zimbabwe Defence forces all military barracks countrywide have been renamed after national heroes. 

“By so doing we rid ourselves of the colonial mentality which regards all that is associated with Europe and the West with high esteem while placing a low opinion on our own value systems. 

The renaming of our institutions after some of these leading African military strategists goes a long way towards preserving the nation’s history that we bequeath to future generations,” he said.

Tongogara commanded ZANLA, the military wing of ZANU, during the liberation struggle until he died in a car crush on December 26, 1979. 

“There is no doubt that the name Tongogara is synonymous with Zimbabwe’s successful prosecution of liberation war. He was indeed a visionary whose passion for freedom and self-determination made him a leading character in our liberation struggle,” said Mnangagwa.

He added, “He displayed true resistance and resilience against numerous raids from Rhodesia and exhibited unfailing devotion and commitment to the struggle.

“His consistent and persistent, inspirational and daring initiative, combined with his undaunted will power weakened the superiority of the Rhodesian security forces and eventually destroyed the mighty sword of the enemy.”

Mangagwa said the move was also meant to be “a humble recognition of their (heroes) outstanding services to the revolution that put them a cut above the rest. It is also a symbolic gesture for the many unsung heroes and heroines of our struggle, who are too many to mention. In dislodging the colonialists, no effort was insignificant”.



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