samora machel latest 19.10.10.jpgThe world could have been a better place with former Mozambican President the late Cde Samora Machel still alive and he could have partnered President Robert Mugabe in their efforts to create a better society.

This was said former Zanu-PF Deputy Secretary General during the liberation struggle, Dr Don Muvuti.

Dr Muvuti said this during the 24th anniversary of the death of former Mozambican President Cde Samora Machel who died in a mysterious plane crash in Embuzini on the borders of South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland on the 19th of October 1986.

The late  Cde Machel was born in 1933 in Gaza province and trained as a nurse and later joined the armed struggle under the leadership of the founder member of Frelimo, Dr Eduardo Mondlane who was later killed in 1969 in a letter bomb.

After the death of Cde Mondlane the late Cde Machel assumed leadership of Frelimo and led Mozambique to independence in 1975.

Cde Joseph Khumalo now known as Retired Colonel Garikai Mazhambe fought side by side with Cde Machel as they were attacked by the joint Rhodesian and Portuguese forces at the confluence of Zambezi and Msengezi rivers.

Retired Colonel Mazhambe was later rewarded by President Machel with a machine gun and a personal pistol which he still owns today.

Meanwhile, the National Constitutional Assembly today (Tuesday) organised a public lecture on Cde Machel where several speakers drawn from civic society and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union spoke of the good deeds of the late hero.

Mozambique embassy official, Custodio Ferreira Osifo attended the lecture on behalf of his country and said his Mozambique is poorer today because of the death of Cde Samora Machel.