The late Governor and Resident Minister of the Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde David Ishemunyoro Karimanzira, Revolutionary Par-Excellence, was on Sunday laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.
Speaking at the burial ceremony, Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe said Cde Karimanzira died in pursuit of the objective of a Zimbabwe seeking to transform itself to yield better results.
He said Cde Karimanzira aspired to greater learning all the time to create power to plan and devise ways of defeating imperialism.
Cde Mugabe said Cde Karimanzira was a son of the soil who was prepared to sacrifice his life in defence of the country.
“Cde Karimanzira was in it, in the middle of it [liberation struggle]. He succeeded in the first journey of bringing independence to this country. And he died in pursuit of the objectives of an independent Zimbabwe, seeking to transform himself to yield greater benefits to his people,” Cde Mugabe said.
He alsoÂ highlited that the National Heroes Acre is a place to preserve those who sacrificed their lives to liberate Zimbabwe.
President warned that the enemy is still finding ways to destabilise the land reform programme by using some unpatriotic Zimbabweans.
He said the time has now come for Zimbabweans to take charge of their resources and must be major shareholders in any partnership agreement with foreign companies wishing to invest in the country.
“We have come, Lonrho, if you are still there Anglo-American, Rio Tinto, you must transform and become Zimbabwean, we want black people, young people to be empowered,” he said.
President Mugabe said Cde Karimanzira was fighting hard to reverse the British mentality that they are the most superior race as the education system in the country worked towards achieving that notion, a notion he fought to dismantle.
“Look at what they [Western imperialists] are doing in North Africa: look at what they are doing to Gaddafi now. At school, we used to sing; â€˜Rule Britannia rule, rule Britannia rule the world, Britannia will never be slaves,â€™Â if they will never be slaves, it means they will always be masters and we are their slaves, that is what we, together with the likes of Karimanzira were fighting against,” Cde Mugabe added.
He appealed to Zimbabweans with technical skills elsewhere to come and help lead in industrial production.
Cde Mugabe said the late Cde Karimanzira helped a lot in crafting ways of defeating imperialism as he assisted the liberation forces by providing clothing and other material support.