Former vice president Joice Mujuru has expressed her regret that the late musician Cde Chinx, real name Dick Chingaira, was denied national hero status. She went on to point out that Cde Chinx was just one of many to suffer that fate under Zanu-PF. Speaking to the Daily News, Mujuru said:
First of all, I had not seen Chinx for over three years, but before that we were in touch. When I was still in government, I was approached by (Joseph) Nyadzayo, the photographer in the President’s Office, pleading that he had this project which he wanted to fulfil through the Zimbabwe Music Association (Zima). It really touched me as a mother because I saw Chinx’s house being destroyed by government (during operation Murambatsvina).
So I committed to helping him in a small way. Is that a sin? For your own information, Chinx is my son-in-law and even Nyadzawo did not know it. He will hear it from you. As human beings, we forget quickly.
It is not just Chinx who was ignored.
We have Anderson Mhuru, a member of the High Command, who is buried in Chinhoyi. We have Sheba Tavagwisa, a female member of the High Command who is buried in Gutu. We have Mhaka, and many others (who were ignored).
As war veterans, we have been used and now they have dumped us. Who in the current politburo is qualified to talk about war veterans? This hero status thing is about who knows you. Who knows Chinx in that politburo; only maybe (Sydney) Sekeramayi and Mnangagwa?
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