Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs, Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo has warned war veterans in Bulawayo to respect the Provincial Heroes Acre. This comes after there was a scuffle at the Provincial Heroes Acres when two groups of war veterans clashed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Police had to intervene.
The Heroes’ Acre is a place of respect and that is where the people who fought for this country were laid to rest. We therefore expect everyone to treat the shrine with respect, especially the war veterans. I’m disappointed that the people who claim to be cadres of the revolutionary struggle have shown such disdain to their comrades’ resting place.
I have warned them against washing their dirty linen in public. It’s not our culture to fight at the grave site. We all have issues but the last thing I expect is for people to fight at the Heroes’ Acre. In our culture it’s not acceptable. It was disappointing for the war veterans to fight in front of families who had come to attend the event in memory of their loved ones.
No one has the right to stop other people from showing their love and respect to their departed loved ones. That place belongs to the State and everybody has free access as long as they respect the place.