Mashava – The Government has declared the father of Minister of State for Masvingo, Ezra Chadzamira a liberation war hero.
This means that he will receive state support for burial arrangements.
Martin Chadzamira (87) succumbed to Covid-19 last Saturday at the 24-hour Medical Centre in Masvingo due to Covid-19 related complications.
Chadzamira who was laid to rest on Tuesday at his Belmore Farm in Mashava got the hero’s status in recognition of his role in supporting the liberation struggle. He was also part of the delegation that went to collect the late national hero Josiah Tongogara’s body from Mozambique after independence in 1980.
The late Chadzamira was born January 1,1934 in Gamwa Tokwe Shurugwi District. He attended standard 6 at Pakame.
Chadzamira worked as a Cleck at Sunny Valley Fruits and Tobacco Society in Harare. While working in Harare he encountered the brutality and colonial injustices of the white minority regime against the blacks which was inhuman, hence he decided to move back and work at his father’s farm in 1960.
Chadzamira valued the importance of land as a key economic empowerment enabler. In this regard he utilised the land to his maximum effort by successfully produced horticultural products which he sold to the nearby Gaths mine.
He wedded Tongogara’s niece in 1962 whilst working and staying at his father’s farm in Gamwa. He bought 438 cattle through farming activities which laid a firm foundation for value addition through trading in butcheries and related value chains.
“As a successful business person my father supported liberation war efforts by providing food, clothing and medication for liberation war fighters from Tibugari base. He also provided logistical support to enable Dr Mazorodze to treat injured comrades during the war.
“The colonial administration became aware of Chadzamira’s role in supporting the liberation struggle. Chadzamira and his eldest daughter, Patience Tatomwa were abducted from their farm by Selous Scouts and taken to Mashava mine where they intended to throw them down into Temerai shaft. However, Coventry who was a successful businessman pleaded with the Selous Scouts to save his life and that of his eldest daughter. After his release he continued supporting war efforts until independence in 1980, ‘’ said Minister Chadzamira.
He was Takawira party District Chairman from 1980 to 1985 and was part of the entourage that travelled to Mozambique to collect Tongogara’s body after he died in a car crush. Through hard work he bought his own farm in 1983 from where he grew his herd to 1 000 and opened up a butchery at P. Nana also known as PaGomo.
The late Chadzamira gave direction and instilled liberation war ideology in his family. Patience is an active member of Zanu PF in Mashonaland Central.
The late Chadzamira is survived by his wife Ever Ruvai Chadzamira, 15 children (3 late) and 36 grandchildren.