Memorial for murdered activist Tonderai Ndira
by Irene Madongo
On Saturday the memorial service for the murdered civic and MDC activist
Tonderai Ndira revived memories of the many who have made the ultimate
sacrifice for the liberation of Zimbabwe from decades of political
Hundreds of young people from Harare and surrounding places gathered at
Ndira’s Mabvuko house in the morning, to mark the third anniversary of his
death. The youth chanted slogans and sang songs he used to sing.
MDC-T Youth Assembly Chairperson, Solomon Madzore, addressed the crowd,
praising Ndira’s bravery and selflessness.
Ndira was murdered in the run up to the 2008 presidential elections. He was
abducted from his home in Mabvuku and his body was discovered days later in
Goromonzi. He was abducted by plain clothes men, believed to be working with
the notorious Central Intelligence Organisation. His decomposing body was
taken to Parirenyatwa hospital where family members and friends identified
him by an armband.
At his memorial the MDC-T also highlighted the deaths of other key
activists, such as Better Chokururama, Godfrey Kauzani and Cain Nyevhe, who
were killed in the same period. The party says 500 other members were
murdered during this time. Another activist, former student leader and MDC
politician Learnmore Jongwe, was also remembered. He died while in remand
prison in 2002.
On Monday Clifford Hlatshwayo, the MDC Youth Assembly Secretary for
Information and Publicity, told SW Radio Africa that; “As the young people
of Zimbabwe, we respect those people who dedicate their lives to the
democratisation of our country, and we took that opportunity as youth
assembly of the MDC and family, friends, neighbours to commemorate and to
remember our heroes of our time.”
Hlatshwayo stressed that those who killed Ndira and the others are key
members of ZANU PF, at the helm of government. He called for justice for
their crimes; “Those people who committed those crimes must be brought to
book, and we cannot achieve that with his kind of arrangement, where we have
got a lot of perpetrators at the helm of government,” he said.
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