Events of the 14th of May 1979 in Kangara village Uzumba, Mashonaland East have remained vivid in the minds of survivors who witnessed the massacre of 44 indigenous lives by the Rhodesian forces.

The day remains a clear testimony of the brutality of the Smith regime and a constant reminder that this country did not come on a silver platter.

Some 38 years ago Rhodesian forces using planes and napalm bombs raided Kangara Base were freedom fighters and villagers were camped and massacred them while those who had hid in nearby caves were extracted an executed in broad day light.

Seven freedom fighter and 37 villagers perished during the raid which remains one of the most horrific moments of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle.

The marks of the bombs and bullets are still visible to this day although the place is surrounded by grass and trees making it hardly recognisable as a place with such historical significance.

Mr Denhere Kangara who is now in his mid 90s and is the only living survivor of the massacre recounts how the events unfolded leading to the massacre.

Mr Kangara recounts how he had to alert other villagers of the massacre to come to assist in removing the dead bodies.

Uzumba legislator, Cde Simbaneuta Mdarikwa today has spearheaded the erection of a tombstone near the place, inscribed with names of the victims.

He says it is always important to respect such places as they are reminders to the young generation of the journey this country travelled towards attaining independence.

Cde Mdarikwa also spoke of an incident on the fateful day in which a one year old child spent the entire night suckling from his dead mother’s breast who had died of bullet wounds.

The baby was only recovered by villagers the next day.

The people of Uzumba pay homage to the sight of the massacre every year in May as part of remembering the gallant sons and daughters of the soil.

Metal works of combatants in action have also been erected at the site.