President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party has reportedly turned down a request by the party’s followers in Matabeleland region and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations to declare the late soccer legend, Adam Ndlovu, a national hero.
The party’s secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, is quoted in the independent Newsday newspaper as saying that the hero status is not for sportspersons but for people who participated in the 1970s liberation struggle.
Mutasa told the paper that those Zanu PF members from Matabeleland region who brought the matter to the party were “stupid as they are trying to use the media to campaign for Adam’s hero status.”
He also said the cabinet rejected the same request from Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khuphe of the MDC formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
Zanu PF officials were not immediately available for comment. MDC-T deputy spokesman Joel Gabhuza said they are not surprised that Zanu PF denied the request.
Adam Ndlovu’s brother, Madinda, said everything is in place for the soccer legend’s burial Saturday in Bulawayo.
Meanwhile, Nomqhele Tshili, the young woman who died together with Adam Ndlovu in a car accident Sunday, was laid to raid rest Thursday in Esiphezini communal lands, Matabeleland South.
Some members of the Ndlovu family attended the funeral where the Tshili family reportedly quashed rumors that there is a feud between the two families over the death of the former Gwanda High School and Speciss College student.