The visiting King of Lesotho, Letsie III has urged Zimbabweans and other citizens of the region to always remember and cherish those who fought and died for the liberation of the country.
King Letsie III was speaking soon after touring the National Heroes Acre in Harare this Tuesday morning.
King Letsie III arrived at the national shrine where he first inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Presidential Guard before being told about the history behind the National Heroes Acre, which comprises a gallery which will be part of the museum to be established later.
The shrine consists of the sitting area with a capacity of 5000 but often holds up to 10 000 during burials.
He was also told about the two murals with different panels depicting the different stages of the struggle for Zimbabwe’s independence, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier representing males and females who perished in the war of independence, and the statue of two males and a female who participated in the liberation struggle, and the towering spire on which burns the eternal flame depicting the aspirations of Zimbabweans and their never-ending desire to be free.
The curator went on to explain how the national shrine was established in 1981 with the burial of the first chairman of Zanu Cde Hebert Chitepo who was the first black lawyer in colonial Rhodesia, followed by the burials of George Silundika and Jason Ziyaphapha Moyo in August of that year.
He went on to tour the graves of Cde Chitepo ,and Cde Sally Francesca Hayfron Mugabe, the first national heroine to be buried at the National Heroes Acre, then that of the late Father Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo on the left side of the acre.
The delegation was also told of the only Rhodesian whose remains were interred at the shrine Guy Clutton-Brock who was a great supporter of Zimbabwe’s freedom fighters who allowed his farm Cold Comfort to be used for the nationalists meetings.
From the national shrine, the Lesotho King and his delegation were driven to the Lion and Cheetah Park where they came face to face with the man eaters and watched some of them devour their meal at feeding time.
The drive also familiarised them with herbivores like buck, deer, zebras, wilder-beast kudus and impalas.