Minister calls for accelerated development
Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
The Minister of State for Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs Cde Abednico Ncube has urged the Government and development partners to pool resources for the speedy and successful implementation of community development projects.
He was addressing mourners at the burial of liberation war hero, Cde Chillis Mbedzi at Malala Village in Beitbridge on Saturday.
The liberation hero died on January 28 in the border town following a short illness.
He was 61.
Minister Ncube said a shared vision among Zimbabweans was critical for national economic development.
“It is very important that we unite as Government, businesses and community leaders so that we work together to accelerate development in our respective areas.
“We can do more if we are united,” he said.
“Today we are gathered here to pay tribute to Cde Chillis Mbedzi.
“We celebrate his desire to serve his people and his readiness to face death for the liberation of our country.
“It is critical that we work very hard to preserve the legacy of Cde Mbedzi and many brave heroes and heroines who fought against an oppressive colonial system”.
He said it was important for Zimbabweans to remain principled and focused on reviving the country’s economy to consolidate Independence gains.
The Matebeleland South Provincial Affairs Minister called for collective effort to bring socio-economic development to the nation.
“We should be proud of our country and never at any point sell our Independence for anything.
“Let there be no Judas Iscariot, who sold out the Son of Man for 30 pieces of silver, among us,” said Minister Ncube.
Minister Ncube said Zimbabwe had been robbed of a principled man.
He said the late Cde Mbedzi served his country whole-heatedly in the pre and post-Independence era.
Beitbridge Senator Cde Tambudzani Mohadi said Zanu-PF had lost a fountain of wisdom.
The burial was attended by scores of people from across the country, including senior civil servants, businessmen and politicians.
Cde Mbedzi is survived by his wife Ottilia and one child.