HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday paid tribute to the late former Manicaland governor Kenneth Vhundukai Manyonda, describing him as a “symbol of fearless fortitude and unwavering commitment” to the country’s war of liberation.
Manyonda died in Harare on Wednesday at the age of 88.
“A quietly spoken veteran nationalist who cut his political teeth in trade unionism during colonial days, Cde Manyonda remained in step with our nationalist movement and the struggle until our national independence,” Mnangagwa said.
Mnangagwa said Manyonda was jailed and harassed during the struggle against colonial rule.
“He thus stands in national annals as a symbol of fearless fortitude and unwavering commitment,” he said.
Former Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere described Manyonda as a “fair and dependable leader.”
Manyonda, who famously defeated the late former MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai in a parliamentary election in Buhera, is survived by four children.