We have the great honour of introducing our spotlight, Ambassador Boniface Guwa Chidyausiku. With a career spanning over 45 years, he served as the Ambassador to China, the UN and the WTO in Geneva and the UN in NY (just to name a few).
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Before joining the Rhodesian war (led by a white minority made it very difficult for us blacks Zimbabweans to access education or any real economic opportunities) the system was grossly inequitable with grave racial injustices. Being at receiving end of constant abuse, police brutality and unlawful detention from the police; I decided to flee and head to Mozambique to join the liberation struggle.
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Deeply inspired by the late liberation icons, Dr. Edson Sithole, Leopold Takawria and Rekayi Tangwena, I joined the war in 1975. This was the birth of Guwa Chinembire which was his “Nom de guerre” during the liberation struggle. War was a great leveler and created an environment where the only thing that mattered was that we were vana veZimbabwe | abatwana beZimbabwe | children of Zimbabwe.
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The defeat of the Portuguese in Mozambique by Frelimo Mozambique in 1974 was a game changer for Zimbabwe. I reminisce hearing their victory on BBC radio and we were all filled with happiness. We knew we could do the same.
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In retrospect, as individuals we learnt so many things from that experience and I want to remember some of these things and apply those lessons to the struggles we find ourselves locked in today. While National Independence was achieved, there are many things that have not been achieved yet so the struggle continues. “Aluta Continua” | Victory is Certain .
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We have to pass on the baton and the young generation has pick up from we left off. The only way of doing so is to learn the history of our struggle and learn from the mistakes we’ve made. We should begin to identify ourselves only as Zimbabweans and do away with village politics, tribalism and totems. Unity of purpose is the only thing that can carry us to the next stage. As young people, you should also remember that nothing comes on a silver platter, you have to fight for what it is that you want and speak out.

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