Colonel Mabuya, a revered figure in Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, passed away on Tuesday. Recognizing his significant contributions, he has been posthumously declared a national hero. Colonel Mabuya, also known as Kenny Ridzai during the liberation war, died at the West End Hospital in Harare after a brief illness.
Last Saturday, Vice President Kembo Mohadi visited him at the hospital. Defense Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, who is also Zanu PF Chairman, conveyed the news of his national hero status to mourners gathered at Tynwald South in Harare.
President Mnangagwa, along with the party and Government, acknowledged Colonel Mabuya’s immense contributions before and after independence, leading to the decision to confer him with the national hero status.
Colonel Mabuya’s journey in the liberation struggle began at a young age when he joined ZANU while in Form 2 in Zambia. He received military training in Tanzania and later played a pivotal role in combat operations upon returning to Zimbabwe.
After independence, Colonel Mabuya continued to serve his country with dedication and humility in the Zimbabwe National Army until his retirement in 1994. He was honored with several awards for his exemplary service.
His daughter, Sifiso, fondly remembers him as a caring father and comrade. Born on January 12, 1952, in Matabeleland South Province, Colonel Mabuya leaves behind a legacy of sacrifice and service to his nation.
Mourners are paying their respects at 6924 Davidson Park, Tynwald South, Harare.