Former cabinet minister and Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa has urged Zimbabweans to honour forgotten liberation war heroes who were denied national hero status as well as civilians who contributed to the war effort. Speaking at the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (Zipra) and pressure group Ibhetshu LikaZulu-organised Heroes Day celebrations in Bulawayo Dabengwa said:
There are many heroes, who need our recognition and acknowledgement both dead and living.
Our true liberation history ought to identify, in each province, all those brave men and women – civilian and military – who contributed to our struggle.
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The role they played in assisting the guerilla units was highly commendable. They were the water that made the fish survive.
We should not also leave out other leaders of the liberation struggle, who contributed to the independence of this country, such as James Chikerema, Ndabaningi Sithole, Edgar Tekere and others. What we suggest is that each province must identify and maintain a roll of honour for all those that sacrificed for the liberation of our country.