Updated: No National Hero Status For Tsvangirai Says Mnangagwa, Chamisa Says He Will Be Buried In Buhera

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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,

Trevor NcubeNational Heroes AcreMorgan Tsvangirai

Trevor Vusumuzi Ncube is a Zimbabwean born entrepreneur who is the founder, owner and executive chairman of two newspapers in Zimbabwe, namely the Zimbabwe Independent and The Standard. He is also the owner of Munn Marketing which is magazine and newspaper distribution company in Zimbabwe,... Read More About Trevor Ncube

The National Heroes Acre is Zimbabwe's national shrine where national heroes are buried. It was established in 1980 soon after the independence of Zimbabwe. The area was located on the heart of Harare in the Warren Park suburb. Read More About National Heroes Acre

Morgan Tsvangirai was a Zimbabwean politician and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change party and Trade Unionist. He was Prime Minister of Zimbabwe during the Government of National Unity era from 2008 and 2013. Tsvangirai died on 14 February 2018 at a hospital in... Read More About Morgan Tsvangirai

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  1. Anonymous Reply

    Shumba ipaiyi munhu uyu ruremekedzo. tinowana power rakawedzegwa isu veshumba. Haasi wedu asi ndiweNyika. tiniregerera

  2. ObertLo Reply

    ZANU of @it again ZANU of always zanu pf moses wedu will be buried where ever but will be reburied @heroes ace in months time go well save we are proud of u save we love u

  3. Anonymous Reply

    No democracy in this nation. No matter how much you contribute to this nation, as long as you are not Zanu PF you get no recognition. Mnangagwa is no different from Mugabe. Same snake different head. People celebrated for nothing in November because Mnangagwa is going to continue driving us down.

  4. Oliver Reply

    This shows how our so called leadership fails to embrace divergence which shapes the whole political structure but because chooses to fortify scorn and hate even beyond the grave. It’s a clear indication of the destination.

  5. Unknown Reply

    Kuvenga nemufi inonzi zanu pf murderer acre coz they are not heroes.a hero haasiye kudaro kunyepera kumuona kunge rudo

  6. Anonymous Reply

    2 Timothy 4V7
    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

    This man has done his GREAT bit and the whole nation knows it. The batton has now automatically been passed on to you to do likewise.

    2 Timothy 3:10
    You, however, have observed my teaching, my conduct, my purpose, my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance,

  7. jonsn is back Reply

    lm sure the shrine will be closed when zanu becmes obsolete.l had admird the presdnt whdo he visitd Tsvangrai bt nw it apears h wantd to check if hs contentor hd lyf in hm.

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