War collaborator “Lizzy” Alice Katsaka laid to rest

Tinaani Nyabereka

Gweru– Liberation war collaborator Alice Katsaka was laid to rest last on Saturday at the Midlands Provincial Heroes Acre.

She was 56.

Katsaka was known for her charity works in the province as she worked with  Murombomunhu a charity organisation which helps disadvantaged people in various communities.

Speaking at the burial, Minister of State for Midlands Province, Senator Larry Mavhima said greatest expectation which lay on her shoulders were surpassed by her works.

“Comrades and friends the greatest expectations were placed upon Alice‘s shoulders because of who she was but she surpassed them all because of who she became. We don’t weep for her because of her revolutionary which is attached to the party and government.

“So we weep because we loved this kind and tender hero who preserved through pain and tragedy not for the sake of ambition or vanity, not for wealth or power but for the people and the country she loved.

“Like so in the Midlands Province where she worked after the liberation struggle most people knew her as a colleague, a unifier and as a friend,” said Mavhima.

Born on 1963 February 10 in Chivi District, Katsaka did her primary education at Bwanya School in Chivi .after her primary she joined the liberation struggle as a war collaborator (chimbwido) in 1977 in Gaza province.

It was during the period when the Rhodesian Forces realised her efforts and started working against her.

Katsaka escaped and sought refuge in the bush with other liberation war fighters. After the forces failed to locate her they killed her father but she continued with her support for the struggle until the cease fire in 1980.

Katsaka passed on the 18th of July 2019 after a short illness at Gweru Hospital and was survived by a daughter and four grandchildren.

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