cde rugare gumbo.jpgZANU(PF) Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo has described the late Vice President and Soul of the Nation, Dr Simon Vengai Muzenda as a selfless cadre and a great mentor who dedicated the greater part of his life to the birth of a liberated Zimbabwe.

 

It is seven years since the nation lost the Soul of The Nation, an icon of the liberation struggle who will be remembered in future whenever the history of this country is to be narrated.

 

Cde Gumbo said it is because of such people as Dr Muzenda that the freedom fighters managed to dislodge the white settler regime as a united front.

 

“He was a unifier who played an important role in bringing together freedom fighters. At war I met cde Muzenda in Zambia and later in Mozambique. He played a big role in conveying massages from the president to the freedom fighters when Dare Rechimurenga was destroyed,”he said.

 

For Cde Gumbo, the late Vice President was his political mentor who recruited him together with a number of veteran nationalists into active politics in the early 60s.

 

“At first I was very reluctant to be actively involved in politics. It was cde Muzenda who insisted on why it was important for me to fight for my country when we were working at Cobern Bakery in the then Fort Victoria, now Masvingo.

 

“In 1962 I became the youth leader in the province while he was administrative secretary. We subbotaged the ‘Build a Nation

Campaign’ that was organized by the white settler business community, a move that resulted in my incarceration at Harare Central Prison for three years, one of which was removed on remission, leaving me effectively serve two years,” he added.

 

Born on 28th October 1922 in the Gutu District of what was then the Victoria Province, Dr Mzee as Cde Mzenda was affectionately known, died on the 20th of September 2003 at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare after suffering from a kidney ailment.