GWERU: As Zimbabwe celebrated the National Heroes and Defence Forces holiday, Midlands’s province took chance of the occasion to honour five outstanding citizens for involvement in nation building work.
Awarded honour by Midlands Minister of State, Senator Larry Mavhima, included on the list were an engineer and architecture who were instrumental in the designing and erection of the foot bridge and Mbuya Nehanda statue.
These are Tapiwa Gabriel Chiwara who was awarded a humanitarian award for his exceptional architectural works in the construction of the first ever pedestrianised Statue monument for Mbuya Nehanda. His colleague, Engineer Edward Nyanzira was also awarded an engineering award for coming up with the design.
Others who were honoured at the event are; Vongai Mutokoti who lost a limb during the liberation struggle and later formed a War Victims Association as well as educationist, Stephen Nyengera who founded teacher education course in Zimbabwe.
Garikai Magadzire was awarded posthumously with the Promotion and Development of Small Holder Farmers for his immense contribution to agriculture in Zimbabwe.
Heroes day is meant to recognise the immense roles that were played by leading figures in national development. It declares the roles of not only departed heroes but also those that are still alive for their roles important for the development of the country.
As usual, the nation commemorates Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) today, a day after Heroes Day. Today recognises the role that the defense sectors play in defending the country’s territorial, national interest and un general national development.