Ndangariro kuna Freedom Nyamubaya naChenjerai Hove

Gore dema rafudidzira mwedzi waChikunguru muvadavadi. 
Svondo yadarika Freedom watisiya tisina kufungira 
Tisina kuhwa kugwara kwakwe akaenda hakwe mwanasikana 
Ndokutisiira mashoko okutaura 
Pasina nguva imwe Svondo newevo Chenjerai Hove watevera 
Ko hanzi tadii naidzodzi Svondo 
Iyewe Chikunguru una mano asina kufanira 
Kutiunganidza muchakadai chando nemisodzi 
Zvogwadza kutirimbirira iwe Chikunguru 
Ukati watakura mhare pakunyora mazwi anotokonya 
Wakati zviitwe sei kutipfungidzira bvungepfunge munguva yakadai 
Chirevo chako Chikunguru chikuru 
Chii chawakaronga mumwedzi uno weZimbabwe International Book Fair
Guwerere remabhuku navanyori navose vanoita zvokunyora nokudavadika 
Zvarangova kusva romufaro munyika yavanyori 
Dima wakandira iwe Chikunguru. 

Tingafara sei neidzi nwadi?

Dear members of ZWA and colleagues

We are deeply saddened by the passing on of poet and fighter for liberation, Freedom Nyamubaya. Her two major poetic works are: On the Road Again (1986) and Dusk of Dawn (1995). Media reports indicate that she died at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital on Sunday 5 July 2015 after being admitted the same day complaining of hypertension. There are also indications that she will be buried at a date and place yet to be announced.

At the moment, ZWA has established that you may all get in touch with Freedom’s family through Cde Wilfred Sadomba 0772996372, to establish the latest funeral details and pass on condolences. Other useful contacts are 0772839568 and 0774962039. Let us continue to share information about her funeral.

Freedom has been described as ‘a natural poet, not self con­scious about her writing’. Emmanuel Ngara contends that Nyamubaya ‘carried the gun of war, laboured under it, lost and buried friends and marched to victory … in 1980’.

May her dear soul rest in peace.

Regards

Memory Chirere, ZWA Secretary General.

Pasina nguvazve hezvo Chenjerai Hove hakuchina. Pakadai ungasaimba ‘Shura Regore Riya’ here kubva kuunyanzvi hwegamba redunhu Simon ‘Chopper’ Chimbetu? Kana kuzongonzwika wodzokorora ‘Rufu Ndimadzongonyodze” naOliver Mutukudzi. Wozondoti Ndizvovo zvavaronga wakaterera hako kamba kekukereke kaya kekuzoimba naCephas Mashakada, “Zvamaronga”. Asi zvichirwadza hazvo nokudzimba moyo.

Dear all

We of the Zimbabwe Writers Association (ZWA) can confirm that we have also received the sad news of the passing on of prominent Zimbabwean writer, Chenjerai Hove. He died in Norway during the afternoon of Sunday 12 July 2015, after an illness. We wish to express our deepest condolences to his family and relatives and to his many colleagues and admirers at home and across the world on this sad loss. This comes barely hours after burying another eminent writer, Freedom Nyamubaya.

Chenjerai Hove, one of Zimbabwe’s internationally renowned writers, has poems in the trendsetting Zimbabwe war poetry anthology: ‘And Now The Poets Speak’ (1981). He has published a number of individual poetry anthologies that include ‘Up In Arms’ (1982), ‘Red Hills of Home’ (1985), ‘Rainbow in The Dust’ (1998), and ‘Blind Moon’ (2003) making him one of the more anthologized Zimbabwean poets. He has household novels: Masimba Avanhu? (1986), Bones (1988), Shadows (1991) and Ancestors (1996). Bones won the prestigious “Noma Award for Publishing in Africa” in 1989 and brought honour to Zimbabwe. One may suggest that Hove writes about the powerless of society. His stock characters; Marita, Marume, Janifa, Chisaga, Miriro etc are little men and women in a world which does not care about the weak. Up to the time of his death, he had a well known passion for peace, human rights and the dignity of all people. We shall forever cherish the power of his vision, his unique turn of phrase and his affable laughter. His outstanding work at Zibf and ZIWU showed his keenness to work for the welfare of writers and other artists.

Meanwhile, we await more details on the funeral. We encourage our members and friends to pass their condolences at his home: 15 Clovely Road, Chadcombe, Harare. Turn left off Chiremba Road at TM Chadcombe.

Memory Chirere, Secretary General of ZWA, 13 July, 2015.

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