nyashanu.jpgVeteran politician, nationalist and former Member of the House of Assembly for Buhera North, Cde Nevison Chakaipa Mukanganga Nyashanu, who died on the 26th of this month after battling with a heart ailment, has been declared a national hero and will be buried at the National Heroes Acre on Sunday 2nd of January 2011.


Cde Nyashanu, whose Chimuranga name was Cde Ndazo Ngangira died at the age of 84 at his Chinerembe Farm in Harare South and was conferred with the national hero status after members of the ZANU PF Politburo made consultations and unanimously agreed to accord him with the status.



In an interview with ZBC news, ZANU PF Secretary for Administration, Cde Dydimus Mutasa expressed sorrow at the death of the late nationalist and said the party and the country at large will forever cherish the sacrifice made by Cde Nyashanu during and after the war of liberation.


“It is a great loss, not only to the family but to all of us who knew him well,” said Cde Mutasa.


The late Cde Nyashanu was a nationalist and a very senior member of PF Zapu, who started active politics as early as the 1960s.

He was arrested for recruiting many young people to join the liberation struggle, and was detained at Hwahwa prison from 1966 to 1976.


After his release, he went to Birmingham, England where he was involved in the placement of children of nationalists in various universities and colleges.


The late national hero was also elected member of Zanu PF Central committee in 1989 before serving as Member of Parliament for Buhera North for one term.


At the time of his death, Cde Nyashanu was a member of the National Consultative Assembly.


He is survived by his wife, Shamiso and 8 children and 24 grandchildren.

Mourners are gathered at Chinerembe Farm in Harare South province.


Meanwhile, Zanu PF Women’s League Chairperson for Mukwasha District in Musengezi, Mashonaland West Province, Amai Tiyiwe Simunyu has died.


She was 76.


Amai Simunyu, who passed away yesterday morning suffered from Hypertension, for which she was undergoing treatment at the time of her death at her Musengezi home.


She joined the Zanu PF structures from cell level in the 1980s, rising to become branch chairperson and subsequently Women’s League Chairpaerson for Makwasha District in Musengezi.


While in Zambia during the liberation struggle, Amai Simunyu worked with many other Zanu PF revolutionaries, including the late Dare ReChimurenga Chairman, Cde Herbert Chitepo, the late Zanu PF Secretary for Defence and ZANLA Commander, Cde Josiah Tongogara and Zanu PF Secretary for Legal Affairs and Defence Minister, Cde Emmerson Munangagwa among others.