Former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition MDC-T party, Morgan Tsvangirai will not be buried at the National Heroes Acre as he will not be declared a national hero. This was revealed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa earlier on today. However, Tsvangirai will get a state-assisted funeral. Several prominent people, which include Temba Mliswa and Trevor Ncube, had called for the veteran opposition leader who succumbed to colon cancer last night, to be declared a national hero. According to the National Heroes Act only the president, and not the Zanu-PF Politburo as is sometimes reported, declares national hero status.
Chapter 10:16 of the National Heroes Act says designation of hero status is done by the President
where the President considers that any deceased person who was a citizen of Zimbabwe has deserved well of his country on account of his outstanding, distinctive and distinguished service to Zimbabwe, he may, by notice in Gazette, designate such a person a national, provincial or district hero of Zimbabwe.
Mnangagwa said that Tsvangirai had fought to ensure that there was democracy in Zimbabwe and added that the former prime minister had helped to shape Zimbabwe’s political landscape. Said Mnangagwa
Zimbabwe politics has been shaped by his contribution.
Tsvangirai is likely to be buried in his home village of Buhera. Speaking at a press conference, his successor, albeit in an acting capacity for 12 months, Nelson Chamisa said:
MDC-T is united. We have a vision. We mourn our late president. Tsvangirai told us before his death that he wants to be buried in Buhera. We have declared him a national hero,