Masvingo’s 3 heroines at the Heroes Acre

SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

MASVINGO- There are 17 heroines buried at the National Heroes Acre with three decorated heroines hailing from Masvingo.
Two of the three heroines Maud Muzenda and Juliana Zvobgo were wives to decorated national heroes also buried at the national shrine.
The third and last to be buried at the shrine is Shuvai Mahofa who was Provincial Minster for Masvingo and a politburo member.
These heroines have been honored with street names and associations named after them but one might ponder how they contributed to the liberation struggle of Zimbabwe then Rhodesia which gave them the highest recognition in the country.
Juliana Zvobgo wife to the late Zanu-PF legal supremo Eddison Zvobgo was born on November 8, 1937 and succumbed to a heart attack on February 16, 2004.
Her husband Eddison Zvobgo died six months after her on August 22, 2004.
She was born into a family of seven with five sisters and two brothers.
She is Zanu-PF foundig member and was MP for Zvishavane from 1980-1990 when she left active politics.
Following the banning of Zanu-PF in 1964 Julia Zvogno left the country and obtained several degrees until she joined the liberation war in Mozambique where she was elected administrative secretary for woman Affairs.
She was responsible for tending to women issues and was part of the first delegation that returned to Zimbabwe in December 1979 as part of the election directorate.
She was elected Secretary for Publicity and Information in the Zanu-PF women’s league in 1984.
She held several degrees aa diploma from Leeds Polytechnic in UK where she obtained a Diploma in Institutional Management in 1971, a Master of Science in Administration from Notre Dame University in August 1978.
She was imprisoned for two weeks during the 1980 election campaign for allegedly assisting Zanla forces in the Zvishavane area.
At the time of her death, she was survived by her husband and three children-two daughters and a son.

Maud Muzenda was born on October 25, 1928 and died on August 22, 2017 after a long illness.
She was wife to late vice president
She is credited with the empowerment of women and children through various projects which she initiated in Masvingo after the liberation war.
She was also a staunch supporter of the liberation war and was harassed by Rhodesian forces for supporting her late husband while he was detained.
Shuvai Mahofa was born on April 4, 1941 in Chivi and died on August 14, 2017.
Shuvai Mahofa worked with the late Dr Simon Mazorodze to ensure that medical provisions, clothes, food and other accessories were received by guerrillas at the war front.
She attended Chibi Mission and Morgenster Mission schools where she attained a Diploma in General Nursing in 1960.
She enrolled for a Diploma in Community Development at Domboshava Training Centre and was active in early nationalist politics that saw her becoming a member of the National Democratic Party before joining Zapu in 1960 and then Zanu in 1963.
She held various posts, which included Deputy Minister of Youth Development, Gender and Employment Creation, Deputy Minister for Women Affairs and Political Affairs and Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs.

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