The soldier, regarded as one of the two great heroes of the bush war against the illegal government of Ian Smith in the 1970's has been honoured in Zimbabwe.
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GVs Mourners and dignitaries, including President Rev. Canaan Banana, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, following coffin of Sergeant Masotha Ndlovu at state funeral in Heroes Acre, Harare 0.22
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Background: HARARE, ZIMBABWE
The soldier, regarded as one of the two great heroes of the bush war against the illegal government of Ian Smith in the 1970's has been honoured in Zimbabwe. Sergeant Masotha Ndlovu was killed in action against Selous guards in 1975 and buried in a temporary grave in Lusaka. His remains were taken to Zimbabwe's capital Harare on July 6 and were laid-in-state on July 9. The following day, Sergeant Ndlovu was accorded a state funeral with full military honours. Mourners included Zimbabwe's President Canaan Banana and Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, who followed the coffin to its resting place in Heroes Acre, which is located within Harare's main cemetery. In delivering his eulogy to Sergeant Ndlovu, Prime Minister Mugabe described him as a man of indomitable courage -- and spoke of his sense of political direction, dedication and love of nation. After the honour guard fired a salute and the 'Last Post' was played, President Banana joined other mourners in laying a wreath.
Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQ. 4: MUGABE: "As we lay him to rest in this ground of our national heroes, let us examine those rare qualities that went into his character. His indomitable courage, his sense of political direction, his consistency, his love of the nation, his dedication and spirit of sacrifice, his sense of loyalty, and his desire for national unity."
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