The late liberation war heroine Cde Dianah Dirwayi Chikopo has been buried at the Manicaland Provincial Heroes Acre.

It was an emotional moment as the late Cde Chikopo, whose Chimurenga name was Cde Sara Zvenyika, was laid to rest this Monday.

Manicaland Minister of State Cde Mandi Chimene was overcome by emotion as she described how they remained close during and after the liberation struggle.

Cde Chikopo’s son, Mazvita says he was only five years old when his mother decided to leave the country and fight for the liberation of Zimbabwe.

The late Cde Chikopo left the country in 1977 to join the struggle and her son only got to see her in 1981 after her return.

The late Cde Chikopo was born on the 14th of July in 1954 and was educated up to Ordinary Level, receiving her certificate in 1972.

Upon arrival in Mozambique in 1977, she was stationed at Doroi camp.

After sustaining an injury during training she joined the medical team at Doroi and was later moved to Parirenyatwa Chimoio camp.

She was deployed to Mudzingaidzi base as detachment military officer.

Upon attaining independence, Cde Chikopo joined the Ministry of Health and Child Care and upon retirement began farming at her plot in the Bomponi area of Burma Valley which she received under the land reform programme.

She is survived by four children.