Vice president Retired General Constantino Chiwenga, has expressed his sadness at the passing of former prime minister and leader of the opposition MDC-T party, Morgan Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai died last night in South Africa after a long battle against colon cancer. Chiwenga went on to say that they would sit to deliberate on how to honour Tsvangirai. Writing on his Twitter page, the vice president said:
We are saddened by the death of MT, we will sit and see how Zimbabweans can honour that Great son of the soil.
Chiwenga was one of the first and most senior members of the ruling Zanu-PF to express his condolences. His comments come at a time when there have been calls by some people to declare the veteran opposition leader a National Hero. However, only time will tell if President Emmerson Mnangagwa will declare Tsvangirai a national hero.
According to the National Heroes Act Chapter 10:16, 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.
If Tsvangirai is declared a national hero, he would be the first opposition leader to be buried at the National Heroes Acre.
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
Constantino Guveya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga is the current Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and second secretary of Zanu-PF political party. He is also the former Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and also former member of Joint Operation Command (JOC). Read More About Constantino Chiwenga
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