HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa has paid tribute to the late nationalist Moton Malianga, describing him as a “key player” who contributed immensely to Zimbabwe’s struggle for independence.
Malianga died Thursday aged 91.
“The death of Moton Dizzy Paul Malianga has robbed the country of one of the few surviving nationalist leaders who pioneered the struggle of our national independence,” Mnangagwa eulogized.
“The late Cde Malianga hailed from a politically active family and was a key player at each turn and shift in our protracted struggle for statehood.
“From 1959 when he joined the Southern African National Congress, after completing his studies in South Africa, Malianga involved himself in the founding of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Zapu and Zanu-PF, all the time assuming various top leadership positions,” Mnangagwa said.
The president admired Malianga’s enduring resolve to liberate black people from white minority colonial rule despite the fact he was “arrested, detained and restricted continuously throughout his active political life before independence.”
Malianga was appointed to serve as Zanu PF`s first Secretary for Youth and Culture at the party`s first congress in May 1964.
The following year he was arrested by Ian Douglas Smith’s colonial regime and jailed for ten years.
While doing time at Salisbury Maximum Security Prison, Malianga obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in economics, business economics, and accounting.
Upon release in December 1974, he continued to mobilize for the armed struggle.
At the inception of Zimbabwe’s first parliament, Malianga was appointed Senator and became deputy minister of Economic Planning and Development in 1981.
In the second parliament, he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Mutare West and was appointed Deputy Minister of Trade and Commerce in 1988.
Malianga had a special interest in media. While in exile in Cairo, Egypt, around 1963, he edited a journal called the Zimbabwe News, which was distributed to diplomats.
In independent Zimbabwe, he sat on the Zimpapers Board. At the time of his passing, he was a Zanu-PF Central Committee member.
Malianga is survived by his wife Effie Malianga, two sons, and two grandchildren.