Heroes Acre not for sell-outs: Mugabe

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday reignited the debate on who should be declared a national hero by declaring that sell-outs would not be buried at the national shrine.

Addressing a handful of mourners during the burial Justice Andrew Mutema at the National Heroes Acre, Mugabe described the late national hero as a revolutionary giant who sacrificed his life for the country.

“History also records of the many of weak hearts and fragile minds who ran away during that outward journey to Mozambique and Zambia or deserted when the going got tough on the war front or equally worse, sold out to the enemy and Tsvangirai is one of them, he ran away,” Mugabe said.

Mugabe said the liberation struggle was not a walk in the park “and neither was it an adventurous escapade”.

Zanu PF and liberation war stalwarts who fell out of favour with Mugabe would not be buried at the Heroes Acre, the nonagenarian leader vowed.

“History records that many a young man and woman who joined the struggle, seeking adventure, found the going too tough and fell by the way side.

“In this bracket are also those who are making vain attempts to be pseudo democratic leaders and liberators of this country! Shame on them. Before they do what the likes of Mutema did, they can forget it, they can never be heroes of this country,” Mugabe declared without naming them.


Several former Zanu PF stalwarts and liberation war heroes including  former Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo — one of the members of the Dare Rechimurenga (War Council) were axed from the party ahead of the ruling party’s damp squib elective congress late last year.

Gumbo together with former Zanu PF secretary for administration — Didymus Mutasa — and a host of prominent officials were booted out of Zanu PF for supporting former Vice President Joice Mujuru, who also was fired, for plotting to assassinate the veteran leader.

“They are saying we also want to be buried there but we are saying to them we have many hills in the country, you can build your own but here no. We said it does not happen and it will not happen even when we are dead.”

Relying on testimonies from Mutema’s close friends and relatives, Mugabe described him as a “revolutionary giant”.

“There are those that may ask who Andrew Mutema was, to deserve being recognised as a national hero,” Mugabe said.

Mugabe said only a few people “drawn from among his family members, relatives, friends, his former colleagues in the judiciary, are the people who could narrate the numerous achievements and anecdotes in the story of his life.

“We are not happy that he died at a very young age. Some of you might not understand me when I say so but I know what I am talking about. As I speak to you I am 91 and will soon be turning 92 but could not achieve all I wanted during that long life. There are a lot of things we set ourselves to achieve so we strive to live longer,” said Mugabe.

Comments (14)

Rest in Peace my good freind

henza - 31 August 2015

That burial ground lost the national hero tag long back becoz it has been infested by snitches.

EL-DODO - 31 August 2015

Chief among the sellouts is non other than mugabe himself. Should he die now and get buried there, there is no guarantee zimbabweans wont start debate about his and other sellouts exhumations to their rural homes, himself to to zvimba. Should he die after a new democratically elected political dipensation is in charge of Zimbabwe, then definitiley he wont be buried there, thereby saving the new government exhumation costs.

Jackson - 31 August 2015

If they bury the limping goblin there we will exhume it and burn it when freedom finally comes.

Mutirowafanza - 31 August 2015

It's a shame that both husband and wife are absolutely out of touch with the reality of the situation in Zimbabwe, no-one wants to hear about who should or shouldn't be buried at heroes' acre....people are worried about the bread and butter issues and the future of their children. What will happen when all the people who went to war die? Will Zim be shut down? NO!! So this old man must just stop the nonsense mhani, we are tired of the same old story come on!!

misty - 31 August 2015

Preparing people for death not life, what a shame. there are bread and butter issues that need urgent attention not this useless heroes'thing.

Tahir Iqbal - 31 August 2015

Amai (Ph.D)? Grace should take time to try and read the miserable story of Ferdinand and Emilda Marcos.If she can stand the strain of reading, she will be sobered by the similarities which are the end of all dictator couples: not to mention Jezebel of old!Repent and let your husband take thest he so richly reserves.

Abri - 31 August 2015

Benzi ibenzi vanhu weee mukomana uyo anonzi mugabe haparari apo pachikomo apo ndambotaura kuti ngatipedzei nazvanaComrade tovaita replace with simple vana mister zvimacomrade zvefake hatitaure nezvazvo.Ini i am 40 but im not a comrade and i dont think there are so many talked of really comrades ahead of me and are slowly going zim will be supper without these dogs.The really comrades aresuffering they cant even get their peanuts in time.

mukomana - 1 September 2015

no matata one does not have to be buried in a special place we will all one day wake up from our graves wherever we are buried to be judged by the almighty "remember you are dust and from dust you will return"

OM - 1 September 2015

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