national heroes acre.jpgZimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association national Vice President, Cde Cosmas Gonese has died.
He was 55.

Cde Gonese, whose Chimurenga name was Weeds Chakarakata, died at St. Annes Clinic yesterday evening after a long illness.

Born on the 3rd of September 1955 in Gutu, Cde Gonese did his primary education at Mabhugu Primary School from 1962 to 1969 he proceeded to Mukaro Mission School where he did his secondary education between 1970 and 1973.

The late ZNLWA national Vice President participated in the recruitment of ZANLA cadres between 1974 and 1975 before joining the liberation struggle in 1976.

Cde Gonese received his military training at Chimoio and later operated in Bikita district as a field commander between 1977 and 1979.

During the liberation struggle, Cde Gonese was a chief strategist in several patrols including the Gokomere Battle and the bombing of the Masvingo fuel storage tanks.

After independence, he was arrested for forcibly evacuating the notorious white farmer known as ‘Mazhindu’ and was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.

He was later released under the Presidential pardon after serving 8 years of the sentence.

Apart from being a ZNLWA national Vice President, Cde Gonese was also the incumbent chairperson of the SADC Association of Southern African Traditional Environment Conservationists.

He leaves behind a wife, Tendai and 4 children.

Mourners are gathered at House Number 4334, Glen Norah A, Harare.

Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

Meanwhile, Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Chairman, Cde Lovemore Matuke, has described the lade Cde Gonese as a dedicated cadre who always had his nation at heart.