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ZANU PF Condolence Message On Death Of Liberation Heroine Jane Ngwenya

8 August 2021

The ruling ZANU PF has sent a condolence message to the Ngwenya family following the death of liberation war heroine Jane Lungile Ngwenya last week. Pindula News presents the statement.


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The Revolutionary Party ZANU PF joins the nation in mourning the passing on of veteran nationalist and pioneer liberation stalwart Cde Jane Lungile Ngwenyo. A few months ago, the President and First Secretary, His Excellency, Cde ED Mnangagwa during his working visit to Bulawayo paid a courtesy to Cde Ngwenya at her Coronation Cottages Home in Bulawayo to check on her. The Revolutionary Party is indeed poorer without Cde Ngwenya.

Born in Buhero, Manicaland in 1935, Cde Ngwenyo died at the age 86. Cde Ngwenya moved to Bulawayo where she became one of the first women to join nationalist politics which then was dominated by men, leading to her involvement in the formation of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and later ZAPU. Cde Ngwenya's political activism saw her in the early 1960s being arrested by the colonial regime and serving time at Grey Street Prison, now Bulawayo Prison and Who Wha detention camp in Gwaru before being taken to Gonakudzingwo where she met several nationalists who were also incarcerated at the camp.

In Zambia, Cde Ngwenya used her platform on Radio Zambia to encourage young people to join the Liberation Struggle. At Independence, she was elected Member of Parliament for Bulawayo East and served as Deputy Min-ister of Labour, Manpower Planning and Social Welfare. Owing to poor health, Cde Ngwenya retired from active politics, preferring to play an advisory role. Cde Ngwenya was set to be conferred with the Grand Commander Zimbabwe Order of Merit Award, the second-highest honor Zimbabwe confers to her most distinguished sons and daughters.

On behalf of the Party ZANU PF, I wish to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Ngwenya family and the Nation at large following the demise of Cde Ngwenyo, an astute and unflinching revolutionary who contributed immensely to the liberation of the country. She will always be remembered as an accomplished patriot whose loyalty to the Nation remained steadfast.

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