Mohadi questions national hero selection criteria

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Vice President Kembo Mohadi

STATE Security minister, Kembo Mohadi (pictured), yesterday broke ranks with the Zanu PF leadership, when he accused the government of denying national hero status to some deserving war cadres, particularly former PF-Zapu members.

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Addressing mourners at the burial of former Zapu official and ex-detainee, Mugibela Phillip Kibi Muleya, who died last week and was declared a liberation war hero, Mohadi said: “To us, he deserved more than this, we wanted him to be declared a national hero and buried at those hills (Heroes’ Acre).

“But we are not sure how it (hero selection process) is done. We should have been at the national shrine as we speak.”

President Robert Mugabe has on several occasions declared that the National Heroes Acre was a Zanu PF members’ club only.

Many Zimbabweans, particularly from former PF-Zapu have, albeit with muffled voices, questioned the criteria used in declaring heroes.

Mohadi, the Member of Parliament for Beitbridge East, urged his constituents to uphold their Venda culture and shun intrusion by Shonas and Ndebeles.

“We, the Vendas, are closer to God than they are and we should not allow them to destroy our culture,” he said, after giving a brief narration of Beitbridge and his role in the liberation struggle.

Mohadi told mourners he fired three bullets before he was arrested and detained in Bulawayo.

“I was on my mapping assignment when the Rhodesian Special Branch connered us at the High Court. The deceased, Muleya, was our driver and I managed to fire just three rounds,” he said.

The late Muleya reportedly died a bitter man after being denied the Beitbridge senatorial seat grabbed by Mohadi’s wife, Tambudzani.
Muleya is survived by his wife, Malaika, and eight children.

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  4. this whole thing about the hero status is now useless because its now clear that only Mugabe’s friends and relatives deserves to be buried at the National heroes Acre. Most of the people who are buried there did nothing except to kill the opposition supporters during the chaotic land reform. So Muhadi knows this useless criteria but he is a politician and knows how to play with peoples minds. The fact is worshipping Mugabe is the only ticket to be buried at the National Shrine.

  5. wat do you expect when one of the founder members we ZANU wacho asiri pa heroes. Slowly but surely the place is becoming meaningless munoisa Chenjerai Hunzvi asi Ndabaningi asipo bcz of personal issues saka maida kuti aregedze kunowona mwana wake and you try to play the tribalism card on him.SHAME ON YOU NXA

  6. Mr who know your frnds beta dan us.The cards a in ur hands to shuffle them on behalf of the Venda pple.The Venda pple a peace loving pple and dat has to b respected and not takwn fo granted.The recent SI 64 is a big blow to Venda pple .It afects the Venda pple most dan any1 else.The S164 blocked the Tour de Tuli event in bb wc empowers local n create employment esp at this tym wen unemployment rate is at pick.Now its abt the status given to the Venda pple despite their contribution to the party.Sir rise n shine the Venda flag n culture to ur coleagues.If u dnt stand fo ur tribe no1 wil do it fo u

  7. VaMohadi yours is a matter of the right hand blaming the left hand.Musatambe nevafirwi.Learn from Sankara ‘It’s really a pity that there are observers who view political events like comic strips. There has to be a Zorro, there has to be a star. No, the problem of Upper Volta is more serious than that. It was a grave mistake to have looked for a man, a star, at all costs, to the point of creating one, that is, to the point of attributing the ownership of the event to captain Sankara, who must have been the brains, etc.

  8. I am surprised by this man,he short and killed no enemy,he grabed a seat which was supposed to be for a hero who happend to be his driver by then and gave it to his wife who never went to any war,he despised his friend and want someone to recognise to recognise his friend ,just come out clean u ate yo friend

  9. Kkkkkkk. Zimbabwe needs to rewrite history I think. The things we now hear about our so-called war veterans. I have a sense that all liberation war fighters died. These ones who survived Smith’s war machinery are dubious war-players – looks like they were on the side lines.

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