President Robert Mugabe has described the late Kumbirai Kangai as hardworking, straight forward and respectful cadre who served well in the liberation struggle and in government.
President Mugabe was speaking during the burial of the late national hero and Politburo member at the National Heroes Acre in Harare on Saturday.
He described Kangai as an embodiment of love as he sacrificed his life for the liberation of Zimbabwe.
The President said the nation has lost a dedicated cadre who contributed immensely in the liberation of the country from colonial bondage.
President Mugabe said the heroes’ acre is a preserve for true liberation war cadres like Kangai and not sell-outs.
He chronicled how the revolutionary council (Dare Rechimurenga) was formed while Kangai represented the party abroad in America, adding that Kangai moved from country to country organising human and material support for guerrillas.
The President said they were restricted and detained together with Kangai in Sikombela, with the likes of the late Leopold Takawira, Simon Muzenda among others.
He recounted how Kangai survived a grenade attack just before independence in 1980 which affected his eyes.
President Mugabe said leaders of the struggle campaigned using dangerous roads and old cars while Muzorewa used helicopters he got from apartheid South Africa, but lost in the 1980 elections.
He said there were others, who opposed the struggle, and others are still doing the same, but Kangai remained resolute till his death.
President Mugabe also reminded the gathering that the government embarked on the land reform exercise after the British had reneged to sponsor the exercise as stated in the Lancaster House agreement.
He denounced sanctions and the MDC-T for siding with the west on the sanctions issue.
Mugabe denounced selfish and corrupt individuals and called on Zimbabweans to share the country’s wealth equitably.
President Mugabe called for reasonable charges on public health care services and primary education until the economy has recovered.
Kangai collapsed and died at his home last Saturday.