By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described the late national hero Cde Kenneth Vhundukai Manyonda as a principled cadre who served his country with integrity as he promoted grassroots politics, embracing everyone.
The President also said the late Cde Manyonda will be remembered for churning out programmes in Manicaland province that benefitted many people.
It was a huge send-off for the late Cde Manyonda, with banners carrying different messages to describe him.
Family representative Mr Isaac Manyonda said the late national hero was a disciplinarian of a kind, whose major desire was to see an educated Zimbabwe.
“We reflect and recognise that we must be grateful for the years we had with our father. We take this time to appreciate and be grateful for the recognition he got from the government. He was a disciplinarian of a kind, he had a different way of instilling discipline. He was passionate about education,” he said.
ZANU PF Secretary for Finance, Cde Patrick Chinamasa said Cde Manyonda championed various developmental projects in Buhera and Manicaland province at large.
“The national hero was a champion for development, he spearheaded the construction of dams, roads and irrigation infrastructure in Buhera North Constituency,” said Cde Chinamasa.
Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Nokhutula Matsikinyere added that the young generation must emulate the late national hero’s commitment towards the development of this country.
“There are a lot of things that young people can draw from the illustrious career of Cde Manyonda. In spite of hardships, he never sold out but continued to work for his country,” she said.
Cde Kenneth Manyonda held a number of posts in government, including Deputy Minister for Information, Posts and Telecommunications, Deputy Minister of Industry and International Trade as well as Governor of Manicaland province among others.