Chitepo Ideological College brainchild of Mataire

EDITOR — I write this letter regarding the late national hero Mike Karakadzai’s story published in a different publication.

Nevertheless, I am hopeful that your readers will be able to relate to it since the death of Karakadzai, who was the general manager of the National Railways of Zimbabwe, was a national issue and was in the public domain.

There is no doubt that the late national hero was a distinguished revolutionary, nationalist, soldier, a committed and professional servant of the nation whose contribution to the well-being of our nation ranks high.

His contribution to the well-being of this nation was explicitly articulated by ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa in an article published by one of the weekly newspapers on August 25, 2013 in which he highlighted that the late national hero belonged to a rare breed of revolutionaries.

However, there is one historical aspect that needs correction regarding the Chitepo Ideological College formerly Wampoa Ideological College.

Mutsvangwa highlighted the college was the brainchild of Dzinashe Machingura — then a member of Zipa.

The correct historical fact is that the Chitepo Ideological College was the brainchild of Chrispen Tapfuma Mataire whose Chimurenga name was David Thodhlana.

Thodhlana was one of the earliest cadres to join the war in 1967 together with the late national hero Retired General Solomon Mujuru.

It was Thodhlana who named the college Wampoa following his stint in the then Soviet Union where a similar college with the same name existed.

It was Thodhlana who became the first director of the college with the assistance of Dzinashe Machingura. Others who passed through the same college can testify to this historical fact.

Mwana Wevhu,


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