Last Updated
Thursday 30 July 2015, 18:00 pm.
Mugabe denies fallen hero due respect

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe struck a raw nerve when he refused to declare the struggle veteran, union leader and MDC stalwart Gibson Sibanda, who died on Tuesday, a national hero.
By Staff Writer Fri 31 Jul 2015, 19:24 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Mugabe denies fallen hero due respect








Sibanda, the mild-mannered man of Zimbabwe politics, was revered by millions. He died of cancer at the age of 66.

During the many moments of madness in Zimbabwean politics, Sibanda quietly distinguished himself as "the voice of reason".

Even the ageing Mugabe acknowledged his qualities, saying: "Always measured, humble and unassuming, he became a voice of temperance and maturity in tempestuous political times, a disposition which made him a natural candidate for championing the national healing and reconciliation programme launched under the inclusive government."

But Mugabe decided that Sibanda was not a national hero. Instead, his family was offered a state-assisted funeral.

National heroes include Mugabe's late first wife, Sally, and his sister, Sabina, who are buried at Heroes' Acre, in Harare.

Sibanda was the deputy president of Arthur Mutambara's breakaway faction of the Movement for Democratic Change and the minister for national

healing. The main MDC, led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, said:

"Sibanda died as he lived, in the quietness of his general deportment. As he lies in the soft requiem of death, we in the MDC derive comfort in that even his grave shall dismally fail to entomb his rich and brave legacy."

For more than 40 years Sibanda played leading roles in Zimbabwe's struggle for freedom. He was an inspiring trade union leader and an even more effective politician.

Mutambara, the deputy prime minister, said yesterday: ''We reject with contempt the decision by Mugabe's [ZANU-PF] politburo not to declare Sibanda a national hero. "

Callers to privately owned Studio7 radio, broadcast from the US by Voice of America, were scathing in their criticism of Mugabe's decision. Many described the national heroes' shrine as a "ZANU-PF heroes' acre". (Timeslive.co.za)



Exchange Rates
FOREIGN EXCHANGE: Friday, 31 Jul 2015
FOREIGN / PULA
PULA / FOREIGN
1 USD = Pula   10.1420
1 GBP = Pula   15.8228
1 EUR = Pula   11.1111
1 YEN = Pula   0.0818
1 ZAR = Pula   0.7971
1 Pula = USD   0.0986
1 Pula = GBP   0.0632
1 Pula = EUR   0.09
1 Pula = YEN   12.23
1 Pula = ZAR   1.2545
Stock Exchange
STOCK EXCHANGE: Friday, 31 Jul 2015
DOMESTIC STOCKS
BARCLAYS
437
BIHL
1415
CHOBE
612
CHOPPIES
495
CRESTA
100
ENGEN
817
FNBB
390
FSG
260
FURNMART
159
G4S
349
LETLOLE
223
LETSHEGO
350
NAP
242
OLYMPIA
20
PRIMETIME
286
RDCP
230
SECHABA
2850
SEFALANA
1251
STANCHART
1270
TURNSTAR
275
WIL
475
IMARA
274
have a story? Send us a Tip
  • Previous
    Ant-Man
    Next
    Masa Centre
    ::: Friday 31 Jul - Thursday 06 Aug :::
    Ant-Man
    Kidnapping Freddy Heineken
    Pixels
    Entourage
    Minions
  • Previous
    Ant-Man
    Next
    Riverwalk
    ::: Friday 31 Jul - Thursday 06 Aug :::
    Ant-Man
    Pixels
    Entourage
    Minions
  • Previous
    Ant-Man
    Next
    Gamecity
    ::: Friday 31 Jul - Thursday 06 Aug :::
    Ant-Man
    Pixels
    Entourage
    Minions
    Magic Mike XXL
    Terminator Genisys
Selefu
Good Hope