By Shadreck Gurenje
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent a message of condolence to the Satuku and Tshovani families following the deaths of Brigadier-General (RTD) Fidelis Satuku and Chief Tshovani.
The late Brigadier-General fidelis Satuku died on Monday in Mutare after a long battle with kidney ailment and Chief Tsovani succumbed to COVID-19 related complications yesterday morning.
In his condolence messages President Mnangagwa said the late Brigadier-General distinguished himself as a fighter for freedom and justice in settler’s colonial Rhodesia until independence. Regarding Chief Tshovani, he said the nation has lost a far-sighted and long-serving traditional leader who worked closely with the government with development of the nation at heart.
President Mnangagwa also said the late Brigadier-General Satuku participated immensely in regional peace-making operations in countries such as Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The death on Monday of Brigadier general Fidelis Satuku after a long battle with kidney alignment was a blow to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and our nation. A wartime freedom fighter the late Brigadier general Satuku whose Chimurenga name was Cde George Mackenzie distinguished himself as a fighter for freedom and justice until independence. Thereafter he attested into the Zimbabwe National Army as a young officer, participating in many of its regional peace-making operations in countries such as Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He continued to serve on a few more international missions until his retirement from active service.
“On behalf of Government, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and on my behalf, I wish to express my deepest, heartfelt condolences to the Satuku Family, especially his bereaved spouse and caring father respectively. May they derive solace and comfort from the sterling role the dear departed Brigadier-General played in liberating and defending our country, “said President Mnangagwa.
He also said in Chief Tshowani the government had an honest advocate of broad-based community empowerment through agrarian transformation and mechanisation.
“I learnt with deep sorrow and sadness of the death yesterday morning of Chief Tshovani from COVID-19 related complications. A far-sighted and long-serving traditional leader, the late Chief Tshovani worked closely with Government in conceiving plans for the development of Chiredzi after years of colonial neglect and marginalisation. In him government had an honest advocate of broad-based community empowerment through agrarian transformation and mechanisation.
“Today the people of Chiredzi are poorer without their paramount chief who was father figure to all. The only fitting tribute to government can accord this great man is by carrying forward the transformation of rural Chiredzi for community empowerment and gainful employment, “said President Mnangagwa.