The late Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province and Devolution, Oliver Chidawu, has been declared a national hero.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited the Chidawu family home in Harare on Wednesday night where he announced that ZANU PF had unanimously agreed that Chidawu be buried at the National Heroes Acre at a date to be announced after consultations with the family. He said:
As the ZANU PF party leadership, we have unanimously declared him a national hero because of his commitment to serve the nation and party in different capacities. He was one of us.
He will be buried at the National Heroes Acre because of his contributions to the development of the country.
People should be remembered for their work ethics and patriotism toward the development of the country.
Mnangagwa was accompanied by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Secretary for Security Lovemore Matuke and his deputy Tendai Chirau, Secretary for War Veterans Douglas Mahiya, Committee Member in the Politburo Omega Hungwe and Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs John Paradza, among other ZANU PF officials.
Chidawu collapsed and died at his home on Tuesday at the age of 66.
He is survived by his wife Spiwe and two children Dadirai and Ropafadzo.
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