The National Museums and Monuments says work is underway to erect a monument at the Trabablas trail in Masvingo where President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Cde Matthew Malowa blew up a Rhodesian steam locomotive in 1964.


In 1964  during his days as part of the crocodile gang, the President working together with cde matthew malowa , blew up steam locomotive at the masvingo railway station.

The site where this happened is now referred to as the Trabablas trail, named after Cde Mnangagwa’s liberation war name, ‘Trabablas Dzokerai Mabhunu’.

Work is currently underway to erect a monument at the site.

National Museums and Monuments director Dr Godfrey Mahachi said the aim is to ensure that the monument is erected in the next few months.

“We also want to document the issues surrounding the Trabablas trail. Sufficient documentation is required,” said Dr Mahachi.

Roman Catholic priest, Father Emmanuel Ribeiro said the crocodile gang played a pivotal role in the liberation struggle adding the erection of a monument at the Trabablas trail will serve as a reference point in history.

“If we do not document our history, future generations will never know the truth,” he said.

Zanu PF director, environment and tourism Cde Stewart Mutizwa and the party’s provincial chairperson for Masvingo Province, Cde Ezra Chadzamira said they will be working closely with the National Museums and Monuments in the implementation of the project.

The crocodile gang was formed to stage acts of sabotage to distract and destabilise the Ian Smith regime.

Other members of the gang included Cdes Victor Mlambo, Phibion Shonhiwa, James Mudavanhu and James Dhlamini.