Mugabe’s rural home declared a national monument
from REGERAI PEPUKAI in Masvingo
MASVINGO- (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN President Roberbert Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba will soon be declared a national monument in recognition of the role he played during and after the national liberation war.
On Friday, Deputy President and Justice Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said Mugabe’s house will be declared a national monument together with other houses of other national leaders whose role in the struggle culminated in independence from Britain in 1980.
Addressing hundreds of people at Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo, Mnangagwa said his ZANU (PF) party ‘s department responsible for environment and tourism headed by Public Service and Social Services Minister Prisca Mupfumira, initiated the plans.
Mnangagwa said President Mugabe’s mother used to cook for his son and other nationalists at the during the liberation struggle hence the home deserves the honor.
“We know the President’s mother Bona used to cook for President Robert Mugabe at her rural home in Zvimba and therefore our party’s Department of Environment and Tourism has seen it fit to honor the
homestead,” said Mnangagwa.
“We have other national heroes whose houses also deserve the same honor and these include house of Enos Nkala, Joshua Nkomo, Maurice Nyagumbo among others ,”said Mnangagwa.
The vice President said the Department of National Museums and Monuments had been advised of the move.
“I am sure the director of this department is already making headway in making sure that all named sites are declared national monuments,” Mnangagwa said.
He said the move would lead to an increase in the influx of tourists into the country.
“We are making sure that tourists will have a lot of places to visit when they come into the country,”he said
“The history of this country should be told by those who went to war and fought during the liberation struggle,”said Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa echoed these remarks soon after he declared a national monument, a place he allegedly bombed a train, during the liberation struggle in the 1960s in Fort Victoria, now Masvingo.
The place is located at Masvingo Railway Station.
– CAJ News
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