warvets.jpgThe Memories of the Zimbabwe Armed Struggle Trust (MZAST) has embarked on a countrywide drive to collect information about the liberation struggle that will be translated in books, documentaries and music as well as movies.

MZAST, an organisation made up of war veterans, collaborators, ex-detainees and others interested partners, aims to produce a documentary on the arrival and the subsequent killing of Ambuya Nehanda and Sekuru Kaguvi by the imperialists.

The documentary will later be translated into a movie under a pilot project dubbed, “My Bones Shall Rise – Mapfupa Angu Achamuka.’’

Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Harare, MZAST Chairman, Cde Richard Chirongwe, who is also Mazowe South legislator, highlighted that Zimbabwe is lagging behind in telling the full story of the struggle that led to the country independence, hence the need for all stakeholders to come on board in ensuring that the history of the liberation struggle is put into perspective.

“We can no longer afford to remain silent as we watch the history of the country we so dearly love and fought for being maliciously distorted and rendered useless by the enemies of Zimbabwe,” Cde Chirongwe said.

Anglican Bishop Norbert Kunonga stressed the need for all people to take part and contribute towards the success of the project for the benefit of the future generations who should be the vanguard of the struggle.

“History is not something you can just read about from any source. If you are not careful others will write it for you, particularly for economic interests. The great achievements of our forefathers cannot just be forgotten. If you let others write history for you, you will be dancing to a tune you don’t know,” he said.

MZAST plans to host an arts and entertainment gala on the 26th of March to fundraise for its operations as well as to educate and gather more information about the armed struggle.