Cde Chinx declared liberation war hero

First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe and her deputy in the Women’s League Cde Thokozile Mathuthu arrive to pay condolences at the Chingaira home in Mabelreign, Harare, yesterday. — (Picture by Justin Mutenda)

First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe and her deputy in the Women’s League Cde Thokozile Mathuthu arrive to pay condolences at the Chingaira home in Mabelreign, Harare, yesterday. — (Picture by Justin Mutenda)

Herald Reporter—
VETERAN musician and war veteran Cde Dickson Chingaira who died on Friday last week at a city hospital, has been declared a liberation war hero. zanu-PF secretary for administration Cde Ignatius Chombo, last night said in conferring Cde Chingaira liberation war hero status, the Politburo considered his contribution to the nation.

“Cde Dickson Chingaira has been declared a liberation war hero. He has earned this because of his works during the war and he remained consistent after the war. The nation is thankful to his contribution,” he said.

Popularly known as Cde Chinx, the iconic musician passed on at West End Hospital in Harare.

He was 61.

Harare province had written to the party recommending national hero status for him.

Cde Chinx battled blood cancer for some time and was in and out of hospital.

He also had tried to seek help from prophets, apostolic faith churches and traditional healers without success.

Early this year, he released an album featuring Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Civic Education despite his ill-health.

The iconic revolutionary musician had two wives with 10 children between them.

Cde Chinx joined the liberation struggle in Mozambique in 1975, where he led the Zanla Choir.

Music played a crucial role in the fight against the brutal Rhodesian regime led by Ian Douglas Smith.

It inspired guerillas and the masses into successfully waging a war against the Rhodesians.

Through music, Cde Chinx protested the brutality of the Rhodesian regime while motivating the oppressed blacks to take arms and fight the injustice.

Even after independence, Cde Chinx actively participated in the decolonisation of Zimbabwe during the Third Chimurenga (Hondo Yeminda) when Government embarked on the land reform programme.

Again, Cde Chinx musically became the face of the decolonisation process and churned a number of songs encouraging landless Zimbabweans into embracing the land reform exercise as it was one of the major reasons the liberation struggle was waged.

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  • Tambai Mese Mujairane

    The family should go and burry him in their rural home with his fathers.

    This is a true National Hero.

  • Gerald Maguranyanga

    I would like to register, on this public forum, exercising my right to free speech, to all and sundry, my utter dismay and disgust at the attempt to trivialize Cde Chinx’s colourful and dominating history as a genuine, legendary national hero. Thanks to the important men and women in suits for “granting” Cde Chinx the lesser liberation war hero status, but a big fat NO THANKS!

    Ndarwadziwa chaizvo nekuti Chinx atarisirwa pasi. I am a 45 year old. Many in my generation, though we never participated in the liberation war, because we were mere babies, we viewed him as easily, the face of the liberation struggle, as we grew older and learnt more about the liberation war.

    Unfortunately, sometimes myopic and irregular decisions come back to haunt you. When the equivalent of Chinx in the war, Zapu’s musical icon Give Nare, died, he was casually ignored and overlooked for national hero status because there was a lot of political jockeying going on in the background.

    Now the good ( I am just being kind with words!) men in suits have to play an evil balancing act, at the expense of Cde Chinx’s deserved hero status.

    Anyway, easily, in the court of popular opinion, Dickson Chingaira Makoni is by a country mile, the people’s bonafide national hero. Go well Son of the soil. Perfect you never were, but the common man and woman, across the length and breath of Zimbabwe, absolutely resonated with and loved you. No one can take that away from Cde Chinx. Best of all, your name was never soiled by our favorite national pastime – the ill game of corruption.

    The National Heroes Acre is home to many many men and women that should never have been buried there. People far less deserving than Cde Chinx.

    That is the problem when you have a whole committtee or body, the Politburo in this instance, sitting down to determine by a mere “consensus” without any guiding document or criteria. Ayas. Ndasvotwa chaizvo.

    • Nyandoro Kunzwi

      Ironically uri kurwadziwa about his burial status but was silent when he had no medical attention and food when his case was reported in the media some months back. Tibvirepo. Stop your useless dramatic utterances. Cheap politics! Nxaa!

  • Collin

    Talk of double standards. He deserves to be buried at the National shrine than most people we don’t even know who were buried there.

  • Zivai Ndlovu

    Shame. Cde Chinx has been decapitated like his great great grandfather Chief Chingaira Makoni, this time at the bloodied hands of a black government. Cain Nkala, Border Gezi, Chenjerai Hunzvi have space at the Heroes Acre and none for Cde Chinx. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Zarura Zimbabgwe

    Vanuatu vose vomuno muAfrika, tamrita, …..!

  • Judah Mhlanga

    Cde Chinx is a hero whose conferment goes beyond closed door meetings. He earned it and does not need anyone to confirm that, those who belittle him are not heroes themselves but self proclaimed icons. Cde Chinx will be buried in in our minds and hearts, there we will always cherish him forever

  • Brian

    The west are to blame for such a poor judgement.

    • Cde Chirikuutsi Wasu

      What poor judgment? Let us bury our hero peacefully with honor.

    • ivhukuvanhu chete, chete

      This is a serious matter; stop you MDC-t quisling puppet politics antiques.
      We are mourning our hero and celebrating his life and his contribution to nation at large.
      He preached unity, unity, unity, unity, and unity among Africans in general and Zimbabweans in particular.

  • sandura

    Sabina and Chinx?

  • Tengenenge

    Was Cde Chinx rich enough to be declared a national hero? Which were his favourite hotels?

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Who is this Mvinazhu(Prof.) . I hope no one will confuse this one with me.This is not my posting!. There are many Heroes acres in Zimbabwe anyway, apart from the National heroes Acre in Harare. We will be going to bury our hero , Cde Chinx at the heroes acre as decided by our party. While I am still alive , I am already constitutionally registered as a liberation hero., in terms of our National constitution. Where I will be buried when soul departs to Heaven,is neither here nor there. Many comrades we left in unmarked graves in Moza,Angola and Zambia are heroes too and where their remains lie , are heroes acres to us. Period!

    • nelson moyo

      And hopefully one day when you are called to be with your maker that Zimbabweans will make you a HERO to lie in state and be buried at hEroes Acre comrade Professor Mzvinavhu ? – for of course the wonderful literary efforts you have provided to us ever grateful Zimbabweans

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Cde Mvinavhu (Prof) is not me anyway. I , Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) have denounced sanctions consistently. Pasi ne masanctions. Nhasi tiri kuchema gamba redu Cde Chinx!

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Handina kurasika kwete. He is our hero in Zimbabwe. Agreed. I am not debating what level. But since when did we have to vote on the issue of national hero status. Yes it has remained a controversial issue. But are you disputing the fact our party decided. Let not debate the issue while mourning our hero. Its not proper. We can do that in future , in general on how hero status should be conferred. It has remained a moot point for a long time. Meet you at the burial of our hero. Period.

    • s shumba

      When his status is changed before his burial, dont change your statement Cde

  • Chief Legal Adviser

    Not agreeable to all. But done by those currently responsible. Who said its a mathematical decision? Without a legal definition, it becomes subject to quick dispute. Why not bury our hero and then take the issue up for national debate in future.

    • Taps Wemaplan

      why burry and discuss later zvozobatsirei.he was suppose be national heror period

  • Cde Jairosi Jiri

    Is this the first controversial decision , if you have followed the history of our national heroes or provincial heroes? Remember that the media is powerful in creating an issue. Why is it that people like you were less vocal when those perceived to be less heroic were buried at the national acre?

  • Cde Mgagao

    Its subjective not based on a scale of some sort or scientific formula. Isu vamwe hatina kurwira kusunguka kwe nyika kuti tizowana any monetary value or some status historically. If that was the aim tingadai tiri kubatana pahuro . Torwira makuva nhasi?

  • Allen Chinyerere

    i will personally take sand from your grave and spread at Heroes Acre , my Hero Over over standbyeeeeeeee,

  • Dzimbahwe Chivavarirwa

    Monumental fraud. What really stopped him from being
    declared a National Hero when the likes of Border Gezi, Elliot Manyika,
    Chenjerai Hunzvi, Cain Nkala, Solomon Tawengwa. This is a legecy stolen,
    stealing from the dead. Cde Chinx deserves far more than this. For those who
    know Cde Chinx very well this is actually an insult. If persistence and consistence
    are the guiding principle then why insult Chinx like this. Look at his
    humility, never stingy with his salute regardless of one’s age or status. Maida
    kuti adiniko kani kuti Gedje ibvume.

  • ivhukuvanhu chete, chete

    You have never been one of us! Kupanduka in ‘one day’ because of some flimsy reasons………
    The man has been accorded the Hero status in line with consistence of oUR party practice….

  • Lũké Mfaro

    If Chinx is not buried at heroes acre then its my goodbye to Zanu pf

  • Taps Wemaplan

    Cde Chinx Chingaira please he deserve to be a National Heroe not Liberation Heroe Why?i WAS NEVER AT THE WAR but with what i saw him doing at the War ndorinonzi gamba than others who has become national heroes.why buried at warren park cemetry sure?Better to take him to his Rural home then where there will be more history and memories for him

  • Taps Wemaplan

    Boarder Gezi & Elliot Manyika were declared National Heroes for wat.What is this criteria they use to make them National Heroes.Lets be fair.Akatambudzikira Nyika daikwaiva kupfurwa achi mobiliser Masoja macomrade kuhondo kufira nyika yaasina chataakumuReconiser nacho here.ALL WE SAYING DECLARE CDE Chinx National hero.It will be fair enough,Honai imba azopihwa akufa,ko mhuri yasara???

  • Taps Wemaplan

    hamuise value pazvinhu zvine value period.Zivai meaning yeGamba so Boarder Gezi & Elliot Manyika ndomagamba and many others who never wen to WAR IMI ITAI MUSHE NE madiffernces enyu naye

    • Cde Njelele

      Be reminded that we had 1st, & 2nd Zvimurenga. Now we have the 3rd Chimurenga chekusungura hupfumi hwedu. Zvokuti only second chimurenga produced heroes is nonsense you idiot.

  • Taps Wemaplan

    amen thank you,u are right


    “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! I have come to bury Caesar and not to praise him! The evil that men do often lives after them but the good is always interred within their bones!” What a traverse of justice to deny Cde Chinx National Hero Status!

  • senior advocate

    ko chikomana bhodhagezi chakaitwa gamba chakarwa kumba kwaani?ko chedu eriot manyika chakazoimba kudarika chinx kugala yaaani???truth is zanu yangoti chinx hachisi chinhu kungofanana negamba redu vanoremekedzwa, vanotsigirwa, vanodiwa neruzhinji Soul Jah Love