The decision by the government to have the late Coltrane Chimurenga, an American activist buried in Zimbabwe has been slammed by analysts and opposition parties. Chimurenga was declared a provincial hero and was buried at Harare Provincial Heroes Acre with state funds footing the burial bills.
Chimurenga, born Randolph Simms founded the December 12 Movement, renowned for fighting for civil rights and supporting Africa’s liberation movements, particularly the ruling Zanu PF. He is said to have made it his wish to be buried in Zimbabwe.
Analysts told the Daily News that it was unnecessary and costly considering that using some carrier cargos to transport one’s remains from the USA is estimated at $22 500. Speaking to the Daily News, political analyst, Rashweat Mukundu said:
While we cannot speak ill of the dead it is important to note that Coltrane Chimurenga and the December 12 Movement are hardly known in the USA and his death is of no consequence in that country or to the broader black emancipation struggle in the world.
These remarks were underscored by Namibia-based political analyst Admire Mare who viewed the decision as a taboo considering the economic crisis the country is submerged in.
Another political analyst Maxwell Saungweme described government’s gesture as “ridiculous” whilst MDC Spokesperson, Jacob Mafume said the action justifies why other states are not bailing Zimbabwe out of its messy.
This was also echoed by MDC-T vice president Obert Gutu, who said that private funds and certainly not State funds should have been used for Chimurenga’s burial.
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