His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa has implored the older generation to constantly educate youths on how Ian Smith and present day counter revolutionaries surreptitiously work to reverse the liberation gains of Zimbabwe.
President Mnangagwa said this while at the National Heroes Acre during the burial ceremony of the late National Hero Major General (Rtd) Sydney Bhebhe who passed away on 13 June 2022.
In his speech President Mnangagwa said, misinformed elements peddle false narratives of a rosy lifestyle under Smith regime. It is because of this, that older generations should take it upon themselves to continuously explain to youths about, the gruesome acts of racial discrimination that prevailed under the Smith regime, and present day counter revolutionaries with similar inclinations who continuously try to undermine the sovereignty of the country.
“It is most disheartening to hear some of our misinformed and misguided young people, peddling the grossly false narrative that life under Ian Smith was better than the one exper after Independence. The onus is on the older generation to constantly explain to the youth of our country that Ian Smith, and those present day counter revolutionaries with similar inclinations, personify the plunder and pillage of our motherland,” said the President.
President Mnangagwa also encouraged the old and young generations who have been left behind by our dearly departed gallant sons and daughters to carry the responsibility of jealously guarding and defending Zimbabwe in honour of the departed and future generations.
“Us who remain, young and old alike, have a sacred responsibility to jealously guard and defend our motherland, Zimbabwe; not only in honour of the departed sons and daughters of the soil, but also as a sacrosanct obligation to the generations that will come after us.
President Mnangagwa bid farewell to National Hero Major General (Rtd) Bhebhe whilst referring to him as a loyal, true Patriot, and a gallant cadre who fought in the liberation struggle. Major General (Rtd) Bhebhe died at the age of 61 years.