CHIPINGE TIMES REPORTER
CHIPINGE–President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in Chipinge tomorrow to confer a national hero status on the late nationalist, Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole at his Freedom Farm, Mt Selinda, in Chipinge.
Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Nokhutula Matsikenyere confirmed the development in an interview with Chipinge Times.
“The President is conferring national hero status on Rev Sithole tomorrow. The ceremony will be at the late nationalist home in Mt Selinda,” said Matsikenyere.
Rev Sithole died on December 12, 2000, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States of America.
He was denied hero status by the late President Robert Mugabe. President Mnangagwa posthumously conferred him hero status on August 8, 2022.
A statement released by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage yesterday said the ceremony will include laying of wreaths. The main event will take place at Emerald Hill School in Mt Selinda.
“Official conferment of national hero status ceremony and laying of wreaths on the grave of the late Rev Ndabaningi Chandiwana Sithole on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Freedom Farm, Mt Selinda, Manicaland Province,” reads part of the statement.
The United Church of Christ (UCCZ) will lead a private Church service at the homestead. Rev Sithole once served as a minister for the church.
He was born on July 21, 1920, and is a Zanu PF founder member.