Thousands of people from all walks of life filled the White City Stadium on Friday to bid farewell to the late national hero Dumiso Dabengwa during a memorial service conducted in his honour.
Speaking at the occasion, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Bulawayo Judith Ncube said:
Many people have spoken about ubaba uDabengwa’s remarkable contributions to the national cause.
Dabengwa has not anointed a hero, he worked for this accolade that no one can erase or take away from him.
What happened in declaring him a national hero is that there wasn’t a meeting to deliberate about what honour suits him.
But the President soon after learning that he had died, that a hero had died, he (President Mnangagwa) adjourned a meeting that he was holding and had to make a Press briefing quickly thereby confirming that a hero of heroes had died.
The President was observing ubaba uDabengwa’s works.
Dabengwa passed away on Thursday last week in Nairobi, Kenya on his way back home from India where he had gone to receive treatment for a liver condition.
He will be buried this Saturday at his home area in Emanxeleni, Ntabazinduna in Matabeleland North.