HONOURS AND AWARDS TO MEMBERS OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS 1973 ONWARDS
NOTE: These notes are a direct extract from the 1978 NADA magazine and represent a brief summary of the citation for which the below mentioned members received honours and awards up to 1977. The summaries do not always do justice to the specific service of some of the members of Internal Affairs. Bravery in the field was also rewarded by the award of the M.S.M. This was due to the fact that the Bronze Cross and other bravery medals were only awarded to members of the army and air force. The BSAP had their own series of bravery awards. Some members of Internal Affair were awarded a commendation that was indicated by the wearing of a small powder horn (oliphant) on the ribbon of the General Service Medal or the District Service Medal (much in the same way as the Pick emblem was worn by the army and air force). Badge of Honour recipients names do not appear on this list.
1973 INDEPENDENCE DAY HONOURS
G.L.M. to W.H.H. NICOLLE
Mr Nicolle retired after 42 years devoted public service during which he rose to the position of Secretary for Internal Affairs, from 1965 to 1972. Mr Nicolle is an accomplished linguist and is held in high esteem by all sections of the community. He has been responsible for the formation of several game reserves and wild life areas.
M.S.M to D.J. OLWAGE
Mr Olwage has, through his task as Primary Development Officer, secured the co-operation of the tribal authorities, resulting in the construction of dams, bridges, clinics, dip tanks and roads. Under his encouragement community development in his district has blossomed.
M.S.M to T.G.C. YEOMANS
Mr Yeomans became an Agricultural Officer in 1949. He has given long and dedicted service in the field of agriculture. The national Good Farming Competition was instituted by Mr Yeomans.
M.L.M to A.G.DEERE
Mr Deere joined the service in 1966. As an Assistant District Commissioner he undertook invaluable work at considerable personal risk.
M.L.M to C.J. HERD
Mr Herd joined the service in 1951. While District Commissioner his influence with the tribes-people was such that they remained loyal and co-operative.
M.S.M to K.W. BROWN
As pilot of the African development Fund aircraft, Mr Brown flew innumerable missions in all weather, which sustained the morale of staff in remote areas.
M.S.M to DISTRICT ASSISTANT PEDZISAYI CHIWARA AND FRANCIS X.A. CHIPONDORO
These two District Assistants operating together displayed the greatest courage and resourcefulness under the most hazardous conditions.
M.S.M to SENIOR DISTRICT ASSISTANT TOMMY C. RINOS
Mr Rinos performed invaluable work at considerable personal risk.
1974 INDEPENDENCE DAY HONOURS
G.L.M. to THE HON L.B. SMITH
Whilst Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr Smith established an excellent relationship with Chiefs, Headmen and the African public generally. As Minister he was held in great respect on account of his integrity, his understanding of and sympathy with human problems, his never failing courtesy and humility. Under Mr Smith’s guidance, the Tribal Trust Land development Corporation was established. His courage and energy were recognized by many and his first thought was always for the good of Rhodesia.
M.L.M to E.E. BURKE
Mr Burke joined the Central African Archives in 1946 and became Director of the National Archives of Rhodesia in 1970. He was a member of the Historical Monuments Commission from 1970 to 1972 and a trustee of the National Museums and Monuments of Rhodesia from 1972 onwards. Mr Burke was instrumental in establishing the Government Library Service and is the author of numerous works of an historical nature.
1975 INDEPENDENCE DAY HONOURS
O.L.M to G.L. HENSON
Mr Henson joined the service in 1947 and was appointed a Provincial Commissioner with special security responsibilities in April 1973. His liaison work with all agencies ensured a high degree of co-operation at District and Provincial level.
M.L.M to A.I.A. FINDLAY I.C.D
Mr Findlay joined the service in 1948. Mr Findlay was the first District Commissioner in the new Centenary District. He earned the respect of all the inhabitants of this area by the manner in which he undertook a particularly difficult task.
M.L.M to I.W. JOHNSTON
Mr Johnston joined the service in 1960. As District Commissioner, Concession, he completed the task of bringing the tribesmen into Protected Villages without untoward incident.
M.L.M to C.J.K. LATHAM
Mr Latham joined the service in 1957. As District Commissioner, Mount Darwin, he fulfilled, in particular, difficult tasks with enthusiasm and efficiency.
M.L.M to I.J. THOM
Mr Thom joined the Service in 1959. As District Commissioner, Shamva, he completed the task of bringing the tribesmen into Protected Villages without untoward incident.
M.S.M to DISTRICT ASSISTANT LAMECK CHIGWAGWA
District Assistant Chigwagwa displayed commendable fortitude in the face of injuries and danger.
M.S.M to DISTRICT ASSISTANT PARUNOBVA CHIMEDZA
District Assistant Chimedza displayed fortitude in hazardous situations. His conduct was a splendid example to his European and African colleagues.
M.S.M to A.H. FERREIRA
Mr Ferreira undertook the actual ground work for the implementation of the Protected Village program in his district and much of the success of the program was due to Mr Ferreira’s efforts.
M.S.M to PRINCIPAL DISTRICT ASSISTANT FUWAYI X. MUGADZA
Principal District Assistant Mugadza was an inspired trainer, passing on to his student his own competence and enthusiasm.
M.S.M to R.W.S TURNER
Mr Turner undertook three years of detailed planning to prepare for “Aloe 75” – a congress of international botanical interest which attracted world wide attention.
1976 INDEPENDENCE DAY HONOURS
G.L.M to THE HOM B.H. MUSSETT I.D
Mr Mussett has a long and continuous record of service to Rhodesia including two terms as mayor of Umtali. Since Mr Mussett’s appointment as a Minister in 1965 he has held the portfolios of Local Government and Housing, Commerce and Industry and Internal Affairs.
M.L.M to A.J. BUNDOCK
Mr Bundock joined the service in 1956. With limited resources of men, money and material, Mr Bundock established the training center for the Ministry’s National Service personnel and the District Security Assistants.
M.L.M to D.G. MIRAMS
Mr Mirams joined the Service in 1958. He planned and implemented the scheme to consolidate the African population of the Mrewa District and maintained a sound civil administration under trying circumstances.
M.S.M to D.F. HARPER
Mr Harper is the Radio Technician responsible for the countrywide security wireless network of the Ministry. That the vital communication system has operated efficiently is a tribute to Mr Harper’s dedication.
M.S.M to SENIOR DISTRICT ASSISTANT JOSIAH KANHANGA
Throughout his thirty years of service Sgt. Kanhanga’s conduct and loyalty have been exemplary. He is respected by all with whom he has come into contact.
INTERIM HONOURS 1977
M.L.M to C.W. COLLETT
Mr Collett joined the service in 1956. He established a new district, Mudzi, under trying circumstances.
M.L.M to D.T.R. FORD
Mr Ford has served as an Agricultural Officer since 1959. Nine years of his service were spent in the Mtoko / Mudzi districts where his dedication to the advancement of African agriculture turned apathetic farmers into practitioners of progressive farming methods.
M.L.M to J.F. SAUNDERS
Mr Saunders joined the Service in 1959. Mr Saunders has maintained the confidence in the civil administration of all communities.
M.L.M to J.P. SKEHEL
Mr Skehel joined the Service in 1955. Under the most trying conditions Mr Skehel maintained efficient civil administration to the admiration of all communities.
M.L.M to MS W.D. WILSON
Ms Wilson has headed the Community Development Section (Women) in the Ministry of Internal Affairs since the inception of the section in 1964. She has traveled thousands of miles throughout the remotest areas of Rhodesia visiting, and inspiring her staff by her personal example.
M.S.M to G.D.K. BARLOW
Mr Barlow joined the service in 1966. His example has been an inpiration to his colleagues and subordinates.
M.S.M to AGRICULTURAL SUPERVISOR SIMON CHIKANZA
In the face of personal danger Mr Chikanza has carried out his duties with complete dedication and loyalty.
M.S.M to DISTRICT ASSISTANT NDIBVU P. CHIKONDOWA
In the face of continued personal danger Mr Chikondowa has carried out his duties to the satisfaction of all.
M.S.M to W.P. HAGELTHORN
Mr Hagelthorn joined the service in 1972 and has displayed courage in trying situations that has been the admiration of all.
M.S.M to G. HILLMAN
Mr Hillman has been employed as a Primary Development Officer since 1970. He has been responsible for the maintenance of a large fleet of vehicles and for the installation and maintenance of water supplies in remote areas.
M.S.M to J.P. HORSFIELD
Mr Horsfield manages an Irrigation Scheme in a remote area. His influence has been such that the scheme is now one of the best in the country.
M.S.M to AGRICULTURAL SUPERVISOR ERNEST C. JAJI
Mr Jaji has served for 15 years in the Chiweshe Tribal Trust Land where his influence among the tribes-people is reflected in their improved standard of agriculture.
M.S.M to DISTRICT ASSISTANT BURA MASHANGIDZE
District Assistant Mashangidze has undertaken his duties with a sense of dedication and a disregard for danger.
M.S.M to DISTRICT ASSISTANT PHIBEON MUNGOFA
District Assistant Mungofa has undertaken duties with a sense of dedication and a disregard for danger.
M.S.M to A.T. PARKINSON
Mr Parkinson joined the service in 1966 as an Assistant Native Commissioner. He has been tireless in maintaining Civil Administration in the most trying circumstances.
M.S.M to W.R. SPARROW
Mr Sparrow has served as an Irrigation Manager in a most isolated location. His influence and example with the irrigators has been such that he has secured a 60% increase in the agricultural output of the Scheme.
1977 INDEPENDENCE DAY HONOURS
M.L.M to I.C. BISSETT
Mr Bissett joined the Service in 1957. Mr Bissett has served for seven years as the District Commissioner of Belingwe – a particularly difficult district as it combined elements of both Ndebele and Shona people and a multitude of chieftainships. Despite more recent difficulties Mr Bissett has maintained civil administration in the face of severe shortages of staff and equipment.
M.L.M to S.H. FYNES-CLINTON
Mr Fynes-Clinton joined the Service in 1956. He organized and administered a successful training scheme for cadets while D.C. Bindura. On transfer to Sinoia he was responsible for remarkable amount of development in the Tribal Trust Lands.
M.L.M to I.H.C. MOFFITT
Mr Moffitt joined the Service in 1951. He has served as D.C. Inyanga since 1970. This district, far from being a holiday resort, presented unprecedented problems when Mozambique became independent and closed the border.
M.L.M to F.E. TAYLOR
Mr Taylor joined the Service in 1951. After eight years service in the Mtoko district Mr Taylor was transferred to Umtali. In both districts he was faced with problems consequent on Mozambique’s independence, but maintained effective civil administration in the face of consequent hazards.
M.L.M to A.M. VERBEEK
Mr Verbeek joined the Service in 1965. He volunteered for and was the first District Commissioner for Rushinga District – a district not only remote but adjacent to the newly independent Mozambique.
M.L.M to L.M. WATSON
Mr Watson joined the service in 1956. His first station as a District Commissioner was Beitbridge where he served for 6 years. As Senior Government representative in a district bordering on two foreign countries, he has had some unique problems to resolve apart from his ordinary civil administration. During this period the Rutenga – Beitbridge rail link was constructed resulting in unprecedented development in the area.
M.S.M to A.B. KENNY
Mr Kenny joined the Service in 1972. He was posted to Mrewa in 1974 as a comparatively junior official. He was required to assume considerable responsibilities which he discharged with efficiency and maturity.
M.S.M to R.G.B. KILNER
Mr Kilner is employed as a pilot for the African Development Fund. During the last two years Mr Kilner has flown over 2000 hours in operational areas. He had to make an emergency landing after being hit by ground fire.