The late national hero George Rutanhire will be buried at the National Heroes Acre on Saturday. The burial date was announced by Zanu-PF acting chairman for Mashonaland Central Province Dickson Mafios on behalf of Ignatius Chombo who failed to travel to Centenary due to other pressing commitments.
Cde Chombo was supposed to come and make this announcement after Cabinet together with Cde Saviour Kasukuwere (national commissar). Cde Chombo called me saying he has been asked to go to Angola together with Cde Kasukuwere to observe elections there over the weekend so they are leaving today. Their schedule could not allow them to come here so he said I should convey his message from President Mugabe that Cde Rutanhire has been declared a national hero. This status confirms what we have agreed as a province that Cde Rutanhire should be declared a national hero. Cde Chombo said the decision to confer the hero status on Cde Rutanhire was unanimous. We are now working with the family to ensure that Cde Rutanhire is buried at the National Heroes Acre on Saturday.