Rutanhire Declared National Hero


The late Zanu PF politburo member, George Rutanhire has been declared a national hero and will be buried at the national heroes acre on a date to be announced.

This followed recommendations by Mashonaland Central province to accord the late Rutanhire national hero status for his efforts during and after the liberation struggle.

Zanu PF national secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo confirmed the development.

“The decision was unanimous,” Chombo said adding that the party was still in discussions with the Rutanhire family for a suitable date.

Rutanhire succumbed to renal failure at Karanda hospital in Mt Darwin over the weekend.

He held several posts in Government and Zanu-PF, and was elevated to the Politburo in 2010, a position he held until the time of his death.

The late Rutanhire was also head of the Chitepo Ideological College, and chair of the Fallen Heroes Trust of Zimbabwe.

Zanu PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere told that a letter was sent to party secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo.

“The province has submitted the letter this morning to Cde Chombo. You can ask him,” Kasukuwere said.

Mashonaland Central provincial affairs minister Martin Dinha said the province had unanimously agreed that Rutanhire be declared a national hero.

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