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NATIONAL hero, Brigadier-General John Zingoni, who died in Gweru last Friday, was laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre in Harare Wednesday.

Brig. General Zingoni, whose liberation war name was ‘Tichatonga Brooker Chiwawa, succumbed to a heart complaint at Thornhill Air Base Hospital in the Midlands capital.

Addressing mourners at the national shrine, Vice President Joice Mujuru, who is acting president in the absence of President Robert Mugabe, said Zingoni was a patriotic and selfless cadre who abandoned his medical career to join the liberation war in 1976.

“He leaves footsteps of struggle, footsteps of courage, commitment, loyal service and patriotism. We must all emulate such footsteps,” said Mujuru.

Mujuru said after the independence war, instead of going back to his medical field, Zingoni chose to stay with the military where he rose through the ranks and became Brigadier-General.

“The independence and values of the liberation struggle needed to be safe guarded,” she said.

Court jester … Zanu PF MP and war veteran Joseph Chinotimba provides some relief

Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa said Zingoni was a ‘front-line commander’ during the struggle for independence, attributes that were also evident during the campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“We again met up during the Congo campaign although I was not directly involved as I was the then Minister of Justice. Again, he was one of the field front-line commanders,” said Mnangagwa.

“His commitment to his country was unquestionable and these are the kind of people you would want to have in leadership, but prematurely he has passed on.”

Brig. General Zingoni is survived by his wife and three children.

Below are more pictures from Wednesday’s burial at the Heroes Acre …

Checking her speech … Joice Mujuru with Simon Khaya Moyo and Didymus Mutasa

Fitting honour for liberation war hero … A mourner holds a placard

Grief stricken … Brigadier General Zingoni’s widow (centre) and family members

Source : New Zimbabwe