Government and Zanu-PF have started preparatory work to build a shrine known as “Trabablas Trail” at Masvingo Railway Station in memory of the bombing of a Rhodesian locomotive by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 1964, that resulted in his arrest and subsequent sentencing to death. The shrine is named after Mnangagwa’s liberation war name, “Trabablas Dzokerai Mabhunu”.
The Herald reports work at the shrine began in 2015 but Mnangagwa’s paraphernalia, including his liberation war era photos that were on display at the railway station were removed by suspected G40 members after he briefly fled the country after he was fired from Government by former president Robert Mugabe late last year.
Vice chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Enshrinement, Dr Gibson Mahach said they are also looking at how to connect the “Trabablas Trail” shrine to other places in Manicaland Province where members of President Mnangagwa’s Crocodile Gang carried various activities. He said besides Trabablas Trail, there were also plans to enshrine other places like Kamungoma Site in Gutu and Gonakudzingwa Restriction Camp in Chikombedzi, where Zapu leaders including late Vice President Joshua Nkoma were confined.
Gonakudzingwa Restriction Camp was a place used by the Rhodesian security forces during the Second Chimurenga. It was used as a restriction camp for liberation war activists from nationalist movements such as the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) and the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU). Read More About Gonakudzingwa Restriction Camp
Manicaland is a province which covers largely the eastern highlands and the south eastern plateau of Zimbabwe. Manicaland is one of Zimbabwe's ten administrative provinces. Mutare is the capital of Manicaland province. Read More About Manicaland Province
The Crocodile Gang was a five-member gang which was formed in 1964 in Zambia under the leadership of William Ndangana. It staged acts of sabotage under the banner of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) party. The gang is said to have paved way for... Read More About Crocodile Gang