Mbeki to grace Dabengwa Foundation awards

HARARE - Former South African president Thabo Mbeki will be the guest of honour at the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation inaugural awards meant to celebrate the country’s unsung liberation war heroes and heroines.

The event dubbed “Ihawu Awards” is slated for December 7 at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).

“We have since received confirmation from the former South Africa President Mbeki that he will attend,” foundation director Mthulisi Hanana said.

“He will be accompanied by some Umkhonto weSizwe veterans such as Walter Mavusi Msimaga among others,” he said.

The foundation is named after veteran nationalist and Zapu president Dabengwa who happens to be its patron.

Hanana said: “We must understand that when Zipra and Zanla went to war there were things that they wanted to achieve, so our vision as a foundation we want to ensure that the legacy of the liberation struggle is preserved and perpetuated,” he said.

In 2016, Zapu embarked on a similar programme to honour unsung fallen ex-combatants who were denied hero status for various reasons.

Comments (3)

This will be total pain to the Gukurahundis, with their 1987 pretence of a Unity Agreement. Recognising Heroes outside ZANU perimeters of Heroes Acre, with a former ANC leader gracing it? Thats something!

Royal Mthwakazi - 27 November 2018

It seem kobulawayo there is a problem , kumele kuyakwe indawo izabavakashi , 3+ good hotels , le airport ka mqabuko kumele ivuke kuzabe kufika abantu abaningi abalezindiza mtshina zabo kanye le nkampa elungisa ipathi lendiza mtshina. Udabengwa le zipra madoda ? , sekwahlula qhawe lethu , pumuza abantu. Umbeki ungathi ulahlekile. Asifuni abelungu bazonde I Bulawayo , tshiyana lakho lokho...kumbe yikuyethusela.

Useka Magundwana - 27 November 2018

My appeal to that Foundation is for it to include/recognise the critical role ordinary civilians/ villagers played during the armed struggle. That villagers fed and protected the guerilas has never been recognised by the zanupf government for the sole purpose of monopilising and patronising the armed struggle. To date villagers have never been considered when the national cake is being distributed. It must be clearly stated that villagers suffered in equal measure if not the most during the war, there were unarmed and defenceless, they lost resources feeding fighters, they lost infrastructure which was destroyed by the guerilas most of their daughters were raped and impregnated it is criminal that our government has never acknowledged this fact.

Sinyo - 28 November 2018

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