Sithole returns to haunt Zanu PF

HARARE - Twelve years after President Robert Mugabe denied him hero status, Zanu’s first president Ndabaningi Sithole seems to be stirring in his grave with talk of a review of the decision.

Sithole died in December 2000.

Mugabe declined to declare him a national hero calling him a sell-out. He was buried at his farm in Chipinge but following the death of his wife Vesta in the United States last week after a long battle with cancer his family approached Zanu PF with a view to having her declared a national heroine.

Provincial chairperson Mark Madiro told the Daily News they had received the request.

“Indeed we received the request from Sithole’s family and we had robust debate at provincial level. We will now forward our recommendations to the relevant authority,” Madiro said.

Madiro refused to disclose the nature of their recommendations on Vesta as well as demands for a review of Sithole’s status.

Tapiwa Mwakalyelye Sithole who signed the request to have Vesta declared a heroine yesterday said they were still waiting for the politburo to make a decision.

The family also wants Sithole’s status reviewed.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC also added its voice demanding Vesta Sithole be declared a national heroine.

“Amai Sithole fought in the liberation struggle that brought independence to this country. The MDC demands that Amai Sithole be declared a national heroine. Like her husband the late founding president of Zanu Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole contributed significantly to the liberation of this country from colonial rule,” the party said in a statement.

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