By Margaret Kamba

Zimbabwe has this year celebrated the Heroes' day in a unique way by according monumental statues from the First and Second Chimurenga.

The struggle to free the country from colonial rule began with the First Chimurenga heroes and heroines who inspired heroes and heroines of the Second Chimurenga to continue the fight to free Zimbabwe.

Ambuya Nehanda predicted during her time that her bones would rise and indeed this was seen when the Second Chimurenga gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe sacrificed their lives in pursuit of Zimbabwe's freedom.

Speaking during his address at State House today, President and First Secretary of ZANU PF Cde E.D Mnangagwa said this year statues would be erected in honour of heroes and heroines from both the First and the Second Chimurenga.

"Our commemorations are uniquely significant in that we are combining the recognition of heroes and heroines of both the First and Second Chimurenga/ Umvukhela," President Mnangagwa said.

"The mounting of the Statue of Mbuya Nehanda in Harare, will immortalise the supreme sacrifice that was paid by our forbears. The location of this Statue carries added historical meaning because the intersection of Samora Machel Avenue and Julius Nyerere Way is the spot where Mbuya Nehanda used to rest and drink water from a river that flowed at the site."

President Mnangagwa enumerated other gallant sons and daughters who will be recognized during this time.

" Other heroes and heroines from the early wars of resistance will also be honoured in a similar manner. Among them, General Mtshane Khumalo, Sekuru Kaguvi, Chaminuka, Mkwati, Queen Lozikeyi Khumalo, Chinengundu, Mashayamombe, Mgandani Dlodlo, Chiwashira, Muchecheterwa, Chingaira Makoni, and Mapondera," President Mnangagwa said.

"From the Second Chimurenga/ Umvukhela, the late General Josiah Magama Tongogara and General Alfred Nikita Mangena, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Cde Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo and Cde Simon Vengesai Muzenda, among others, will also be honoured.

"The programme of renaming roads, buildings and prominent public infrastructure with names reflective of the country's history is ongoing and a key feature of our Liberation War Heritage."

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