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JUST NOW: Lieutenant-General Edzai Chimonyo declared national hero

THE late Zimbabwe National Army Commander, Lieutenant-General Edzai Absalom Chimonyo, has been declared a national hero.

The pronouncement was made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa when he went to pay his condolences to the Chimonyo family in Greystone Park Harare this afternoon.

The late Army Commnder passed on Thursday Morning after a long battle with cancer. Last year in December, Chimonyo was flown to India for treatment.

Chimonyo was appointed ZNA commander in December 2018, taking over from General Philip Valerio Sibanda, who was promoted to the post of Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander.

Meanwhile, rights groups yesterday blasted the late Chimonyo for his part as one of the commanders of the dreaded Fifth Brigade which was responsible for the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces, where more than 20 000 civilians were massacred.

They said it was sad that he had died without coming clean on his part in the atrocities.

Human rights activist Effie Ncube said: “It is a pity that the commanders of the Fifth Brigade that masterminded the Gukurahundi genocide are dying without telling the truth to the victims and survivors.

“Government can do the right thing and provide the platform that will ensure that truth and justice is served to the people while the perpetrators, victims and survivors are also still alive.”

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