The late provincial hero, Cde Hactor Panganai Maraire, who is one of the Nyadzonya attack survivors, has been laid to rest at the Harare Provincial Heroes Acre.
The Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs, Cde Miriam Chikukwa, who was represented by her ministry’s Deputy Director, Mr Trust Mudzingwa said Cde Maraire, whose Chimurenga name was Cde Gutumani, is one of the rare cadres who after losing his hand following the Nyadzonya attack, continued with the war of liberation.
“Cde Maraire showed the highest level of bravery as he did not lose heart after the attack that resulted in him being disabled,” he said.
Family spokesperson, Colonel Blessing Chikukuza said the late Cde Maraire was a family pillar who assisted his family members despite his disability.
Cde Maraire crossed into Mozambique to join the liberation struggle in June 1975 through Zhunda Camp and later Nyadzonia where he was attached and his left hand amputated at Chimoio Hospital.
He then received his military training at Tembwe in 1976 where he specialised in the use of pistols since he had one hand.
After independence, he became active in national politics and was brutally injured by MDC-T youths in Kuwadzana Extension in 2008.
He sustained serious head injuries from the attack that led him to develop a brain tumor which left him deaf, dumb and paralysed until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Fenliar Maraire and three sons.