Controversial Ntabazinduna Chief Nhlanhla Ndiweni castigated President Emmerson Mnangagwa and government officials for snubbing the burial of national hero Dumiso Dabengwa on Saturday.
The outspoken chief, who has been warned by the government to be careful, was giving his graveside speech during the late ZAPU president’s funeral. He said:
From our tradition, we know that death unites people despite the differences that people might have. When there is a funeral people come together.
They could be here just to see if we have laid him to rest properly.
Maybe we might have done it the wrong way here; they could be here to say ‘no, this is not it!’ But above all, this whole scenario points to a situation that things are not well in our country.
News has been all over that Dabengwa was a national hero but some chose not to be here. We have to be honest with each other, I am very disappointed that the leaders of this nation saw it not fit to come and bid farewell to this hero.
Chief Ndiweni suggested that war veterans have been betrayed by the system as they do not have a proper inheritance to leave for their children. He said:
If you ask the war vets; ‘did you complete the job, is this what you fought for, do you want to leave this heritage to your children?
This means that somehow we have lost our cause. We have to be frank with each other; we don’t have time playing propaganda. We need straight talk.