Major-General (Rtd) Shadreck Chiramba laid to rest

by | Jul 5, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

Mako Jerera

Major-General (Rtd) Shadreck Chiramba, who succumbed to Covid-19 related complications last Sunday, was buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare yesterday with limited numbers attending the ceremony in line with coronavirus prevention measures.

Major-General Chiramba (66), was declared a national hero as a result of his immense contribution to the liberation war and post-independence Zimbabwe.

Among his numerous career exploits, the decorated military commander led the Two Infantry Brigade during the Democratic Republic of Congo campaign under the auspices of the Sadc Allied Forces.

He retired from military service in 2004.

President Mnangagwa described him as a cheerful and intelligent cadre who dedicated his life to the liberation and development of the country.

“The late Major-General was a strong revolutionary cadre who served his country before and after Independence with utmost loyalty, dedication and commitment. I knew him personally, even though he joined the liberation war via Botswana and Zapu.”
After his retirement, Major General Chiramba ventured into farming where he ran a successful soya beans enterprise at his Karoi farm, until the time of his death.

Addressing mourners at the Heroes Acre, President Mnangagwa urged Zimbabweans to emulate the late national hero in defending the country“The life of the late national hero Maj-Gen (Rtd) Chiramba is a testimony that he was a true revolutionary, a patriot and comrade par excellence,” he said.

“Our citizenry must emulate the sacrifices made by such heroes and heroines. In the face of various forms of neo-imperialism let us all remain united and alive to the clandestine machinations by detractors calculated to reverse the gains of our independence.
“We should never grow tired of defending, protecting and safeguarding our country’s sovereignty.”

He is survived by his wife Beatrice, eight children and 14 grandchildren.