The late national hero, Cde Andrew Sikajaya Muntanga has been described as a man whose legacy shall forever be cherished as he played an instrumental role in transforming and spearheading development in Binga before and after independence.
In his remarks on the late Cde Muntanga, who will be buried at the National Heroes Acres this Wednesday, ZANU PF politburo member, Dr. Sikhanyiso Ndlovu said the death of Cde Muntanga has left a deep void which will be difficult to fill, especially to the people of Binga.â€˜â€™Being the first member of parliament for Binga after independence, the late national hero championed development in the area, he was one of the first freedom fighters who led the struggle for independence, he was indeed the Lion of Binga and had seen it all before, during and after independence,â€ said Dr. Ndlovu.
People of Binga said they draw inspiration and comfort from the decision by the Zanu PF politburo to accord Cde Muntanga national hero status.
â€œWe are humbled by the decision, he is the first national hero from Binga, this is the highest honour bestowed to us noted some villagers from the area where the late hero hails from,â€ said one Binga resident.
He was the first Binga Member of Parliament after independence from 1980 to 1985.
Cde Muntanga was re-elected MP for the same constituency from 1995 to 2000 before retiring from politics due to ill-health.
Cde Muntanga was instrumental in the formation of ZAPU structures in Binga in 1965 before becoming the party’s Deputy Provincial Secretary in 1972.
He was banned from Binga in the same year after he was declared â€˜persona non- grataâ€™ and was detained at Wha Wha the same year.
Cde Muntanga worked for ZAPU in Zambia and London until he became a member of the powerful ZIPRA revolutionary council.
He was one of the delegates at the Lancaster House Conference as well as other high-level negotiations in Geneva and Malta.
Meanwhile, the Harare Province War Veterans chapter has joined millions of Zimbabweans mourning the loss of the late national hero, Cde Andrew Sikajaya Muntanga.
While pointing out that Zimbabwe has lost a gallant son in Cde Muntanga, the war veterans said the late hero who hailed from Binga did not only belong there but to the entire nation through his contribution to the liberation struggle.
In a related development, Harare Metropolitan Provincial Administrator, Cde Alfred Tome and Ruwa/Epworth District Administrator, Mrs. Benedicta Mubayiwa have urged Zimbabweans from all walks of life to come in large numbers to the national shrine on Wednesday to pay their last respects to the late Cde Muntanga saying arrangements have been made to ferry people.
A celebrated nationalist, Cde Muntanga was tasked with taking the gospel of the liberation war to the Tonga people by the late veteran nationalist, Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo.
The body of the late national hero will be taken to Binga for viewing, after which it will be flown to Harare where it will lie in state on Tuesday, before burial at the National Heroes Acre, on Wednesday.