TINOTENDA MABHURA

MASVINGO-The late Vice President, Dr Simon Vengai Muzenda affectionately known as ‘The Soul of the Nation’s statue will be the biggest to be erected in the country, The Midweek Watch can reveal.

Tongai Muzenda who is the son to the late liberation icon said this when he was giving a vote of thanks at the S.V. Muzenda Golf Invitational memorial tournament prize giving ceremony held at Masvingo Sports Club recently.

“The issue of VaMuzenda’a statue is concluded and by this time next year the statue will be in the street named after him and I can assure you that it will be the biggest in the country. Consultations with relevant stakeholders like the Government, Department of Museums, Masvingo City Council and the family have been concluded and construction will begin very soon,” said Tongai Muzenda.

The idea to honour Dr Muzenda with a statue was mulled some years back but due to logistical challenges compounded recently by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic it had to be shelved.

When asked to provide more details about the statue Tongai referred this publication to the Masvingo Town Clerk, Eng Edward Mukaratirwa who said at the moment he was not at liberty to divulge such details as the document is yet to be approved by Cabinet.

“Once the committee that is working on the statue is done and the Government gives its final nod, you will get all the details so that people know what is happening, unfortunately at the moment I cannot say anything regarding the Dr Muzenda’s statue,” said the Town Clerk, Eng Mukaratirwa.

Museums and Monuments Southern Region Director, Lovemore Mandima also referred all questions to the City Council as he said they were only being consulted, but it is not their project.

Zanu PF Masvingo Province chairman, Robson Mavhenyengwa said as a party they are very excited about the development as it forms part of the country’s heritage and solidifies the history of the country’s liberation struggle.

“We are very much behind the Muzenda statue as he was one of the pillars of the liberation struggle and our provincial and national icon, the coming generations will benefit from such things and they also act as tourist attraction for the benefit of the economy,” said Mavhenyengwa

However, close sources told The Midweek Watch that the statue will be erected at the intersection of Simon Muzenda Street and Leopold Takawira Avenue next to Glow Service Station.

The statue will not be more than 6meters tall and not less than 2m and it will be made of bronze although it is believed that some family members are against the idea of the bronze.

This publication could not get to know where the statue is being curved and the when the site construction will commence.

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