A political analyst has urged the ruling party to hand over the task of conferring hero status to an independent organization to ensure that the ruling party does not monopolize the process and deny deserving heroes a befitting sendoff, Newsday reports.
Political analyst Okay Machisa said the task should be done by neutral and apolitical people so that it is not biased towards members of a certain political party only:
There should be a consensus, with an independent institution or independent body set up to make the decisions so that we divorce from the political lens of doing the job.
We need a very neutral and very apolitical body because if decisions are made by people in power, they would only consider persons using a political lens.
During the late President Robert Mugabe’s era there were some people that were denied hero status, probably because the regime at that point didn’t like that person.
The then Zanu PF strongman even declared that the National Heroes Acre was “a Zanu PF shrine.
Over the years the ruling party has been conferring hero status to departed individuals in a manner that has been criticized by a lot of people as it seemingly favours party members only.