President Robert Mugabe’s former ruling Zanu PF party's politburo is expected to discuss within the next few days the hero status of Tertiary Education Minister Stanislaus Gorerazvo Mudenge who collapsed and died Thursday in Masvingo.
Mudenge, who was a diplomat, educationist and author was born in Zimuto communal lands near the then Fort Victoria, now known as Masvingo Province, in 1941.
He was expelled from the University of Rhodesia in June 1966 for protesting against the Unilateral Declaration of Independent by the Ian Smith regime and spent a year at Gonakudzingwa Prison as a detainee.
On his release, he went to the University of York in England where he continued with his studies. He was appointed Zanu PF secretary for External Affairs for Zanu in Lesotho in 1977.
Among other posts, Mudenge was Zimbabwe’s permanent representative to the United Nations until 1990. He also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo told VOA that the late Mudenge was a true nationalist.
Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara said Mudenge leaves behind a rich legacy for the country.