FIVE Zimbabweans have been honoured for their contribution in championing human rights under very difficult conditions in Zimbabwe and for standing up against intimidation by the authorities.
The five, Archbishop Pius Ncube, journalist Saul Gwakuba Ndlovu, activist Gorden Moyo, medical doctor Peter Zwana, and lawyer Perpetua Dube, were honoured by Ecumenical Church Services at a prayer ceremony held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Bulawayo last weekend.
The prayer ceremony, held under the theme “Deliver Us from Evil”, was attended by over 2 000 people who included bishops from Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Malawi and South Africa.
Archbishop Ncube was honoured for his role in speaking out for the poor and for standing firm in the face of intimidation by government.
The gathering also endorsed and acknowledged awards received by Archbishop Ncube last year in the United States and Germany in recognition of his work in the fight against human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.
Veteran journalist and Bulawayo editor of the Daily News, Gwakuba Ndlovu, was honoured for his fearless reporting dating back to the pre-Independence period.
“Gwakuba Ndlovu is honoured for his contribution to the media fraternity and for writing the truth dating back to pre-Independence and days of the struggle and up to today he still is in this struggle through the pen,” said the citation.
Bulawayo Agenda director, Gorden Moyo, who was arrested last week on allegations of distributing subversive material, was also honoured for contributing to freedom, courageous work and affording the generality of the people a chance to air their views in the face of the intimidating Public Order and Security Act.
Moyo was honoured on behalf of the whole civil society while Dube was honoured for standing up for victims of Posa.