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Defence Forces, Family Remember War Hero Josiah Tongagara

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The government plans to rename King George VI Barracks in Harare in honour of the late nationalist and former Zanla commander General Josiah Magama Tongogara.

This was revealed by acting Zimbabwe Defence Commander Air Marshall Perance Shiri, the guest of honour at a memorial held Thursday in honour of the late Tongogara who died 34-years ago in a tragic accident in Mozambique on the eve of Zimbabwe’s independence.

Activities to remember and celebrate Tongogara’s life were organized by his family and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

The commemorations started with the laying of wreaths at the late general’s tomb at the National Heores’ Acre before proceeding to KGVI where Air Marshall Shiri was the guest of honour.

Shiri, who was under Tongogara’s command during the liberation struggle, said it is befitting for Zimbabwe to honour his late commander who led Zanla forces in fighting for the country’s independence.

Last year, some Tongogara family members failed to attend the late hero’s memorial due to divisions that saw two separate events being organized to honor the liberation fighter.

The late general’s daughter Sukai said the family this year decided to unite to remember their hero in a befitting way.

“This year the Tongogara Foundation also gave several scholarships to underprivileged children in the country,” said Sukai.
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