By Daniel Chigundu
Chipinge coffee farmer Richard Le Vieux who is at the centre of a land (Farfell Coffee Estate) dispute with Remembrance Mbudzana has told Parliament to reflect on how Zimbabwe could have been had the late former ZANLA commander General Josiah Tongogara not died.
Tongogara, who died in 1979 when the country was on the verge of independence from the British settlers, was generally viewed as a very accommodative person who was pursuing an inclusive society for both white and black.
Appearing before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Land, Agriculture, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Le Vieux asked the committee to observe 30 seconds of silence for the late Tongogara.
“May I seek your indulgence; I was hoping to have your indulgence to have 30 seconds of silence ahead of this meeting to remember one of our greatest fallen heroes.
“I am referring to General Josiah Tongogara, and in the 30 seconds that I indulge this committee to allow me, let us only not remember him but let us think of how the country might be today if he had been allowed to live a fulsome life and age that he might have been today.
“I beg you for 30 seconds of silence in his memory,” he said.
Le Vieux is a seasoned coffee, avocados and macadamia nuts farmer and exporter and he recently got the nod from Cabinet that he can continue his operations unhindered.