samora machel latest 19.10.10.jpg‘International solidarity is not an act of charity: it is an act of unity between allies fighting on different terrains toward the same objective. The foremost of these objectives is to assist in the development of humanity to the highest level possible.’
This is but one of the many inspirational quotations of the famous and respected late Mozambican leader, Samora Machel.

samora machel2.jpgAs the nation remembers the gallant son and commander, Samora Machel, ZBC News crew walks down memory lane in the life and works of this great man.

Commander, revolutionary socialist leader and advocate of the liberation of Africa, one of the founding fathers of the African Revolutionary Ideals, Cde Samora Machel played a pivotal role in the liberation of not only Mozambique, but also Zimbabwe.

Born in the Southern Mozambican village of Chilembene 78 years ago, Cde Samora Machel is hailed for his charismatic and strong leadership in the face of white domination and oppression across Southern Africa.

Cde Samora Machel’s support for Zimbabwe’s independence began in 1968 when contact was established between the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and Zanu at an initial meeting at the Twiga Hotel in Dar-es Salaam when Eduardo Mondlane, the Frelimo leader, and his military commander, Samora Machel, met the Zanu National Chairman, Herbert Chitepo, and then Secretary for Defence, Noel Mukono.

samora machel.jpgA few months later, in April 1969, the exiled leaders of Zanu held their first review conference in Lusaka and formed an 8-member war council, later to be re-named Dare reChimurenga.

After the conference, the Zanla High Command decided that an approach should be made to Frelimo to request cross-border access through Mozambique’s Tete province.

This allowed for the clear path for the attainment of independence for Zimbabwe on 18 April 1980.

In memory of this illustrious and fearless leader, the present Mozambican President Armando Guebuza last week unveiled a statue of Cde Samora Machel in his birth village of Chilembene.

The ceremony was witnessed by President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville, President Ian Khama of Botswana, former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano and Samora’s widow, Graca Machel, family members, dignitaries, and thousands of people.
Machel tragically died on 19 October 1986 when his airplane crashed into a hillside at Mbuzini, just inside South Africa.

It is widely believed that Machel’s plane was lured off course by a false navigational beacon operated by the apartheid military.