president zvimba edit.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has urged families and history researchers to ensure they document their family traditions accurately and preserve them for future generations.


Cde Mugabe was speaking at a ceremony for the unveiling of his grandfather’s tombstone, Mr Johannes Karigamombe at Kutama Mission Cemetery, in Zvimba today.



In his address, President Mugabe said it is important for history to be portrayed accurately so that people will know the values that shape them.


“We don’t want a situation where the youths grow up not knowing their history. History shouldn’t be told as a fairy tale, but should be taken seriously and portrayed accurately,” President Mugabe said.


Hundreds of villagers, different church groups as well as some cabinet ministers and government officials joined the Mugabe and the Karigamombe clan to celebrate the life of Mr Karigamombe, the president’s grandfather.


Mr karigamombe died in 1918, but his date of birth is not known.


He had four sons, Chatunga, Mateyesanwa, Matibiri and Shereni as well as five daughters, Karuga, Zvinatse, Herena-Kachuma, Monica and Matiringira.


Media, Information and Publicity Minister, Cde Webster Shamu, Cde Ignatius Chombo, Mashonaland West Governor and Resident Minister, Cde Faber Chidarikire and Mashonaland East Governor and Resident Minister, Cde Aeneas Chigwedere gave the geneaology of the Zvimba and the Gushungo totem.