Family Wants Late Liberation War Hero Remains Reburied

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Thu, 11 May 2023 04:59:30 GMT
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Family Wants Late Liberation War Hero Remains Reburied

The family of Dr January Rachilumela Makakavhule-Moyo, a Liberation War Hero who died in 2013, has requested that his remains be dug up from the Provincial Heroes’ Acre in Beitbridge and reburied at his home village.

Dr Makakavhule-Moyo was declared a Liberation War Hero after his death and was buried at the local district heroes’ acre in Makakavhule village. In the notice, Beitbridge Registrar said:

The Registrar’s office in its minutes dated 27/07/22, reference B10/GDA/PR/15/22 has authorised the registration of exhumation and re-burial of Dr January R Moyo’s remains from the Provincial Heroes Acre in Beitbridge to his home on request from the family.

Any person or entity with objections to the above may lodge in writing to the registrar (Beitbridge) within 30 days of publication of this notice.

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He was born on January 1, 1939. 

He trained as a teacher in 1962 following a two-year stint as a temporary teacher.

Dr Makakavhule-Moyo taught at various schools in Beitbridge District for about 57 years until he retired from the profession in 2004 and ventured into the farming business.

Dr Makakavhule-Moyo was a political activist from the early 1960s until independence in 1980. He contributed to the liberation struggle by sourcing and supplying resources for the freedom fighters. During the height of the liberation struggle, he was at one time ambushed and shot by the then-Rhodesian armed forces as he was carrying supplies for freedom fighters. As a result, Dr Makakavhule-Moyo sustained injuries on both legs. He was taken to Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo where he was detained under police guard while being interrogated and tortured by the brutal Rhodesian security agents, who were denying him access to treatment.

Between 1985 and 2008, Dr Makakavhule-Moyo was a councillor in Beitbridge Rural District Council during which he also chaired a sub-committee on finance and tender before he was elected vice-chairperson for the local authority.

After independence, Dr Makakavhule-Moyo served ZANU PF in various structures both at district and provincial levels.

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