Chidyausiku hero status to be debated

The late Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku

THE government and Zanu PF politburo are set to meet to discuss the hero status of the late retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, who died on Wednesday in South Africa of suspected heart and liver ailments.


The late Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku
The late Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku

Chidyausiku was 70 and had become the longest serving Chief Justice after independence in 1980. He retired two months ago after serving as the head of the judiciary since 2001.

Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo confirmed that the government was seized with the matter.

“At the moment, we are busy working on modalities to repatriate his body. Government and his family are working on that. After his body is here, we will then start to talk about burial arrangements and all the issue of whether to be a hero or not,” he said.

National hero status is conferred by the Zanu PF politburo at a meeting chaired by President Robert Mugabe.

Chidyausiku came into prominence through his judgments on the land question, where he ruled that the fast-track land reform programme was legal and the government had the power to appropriate agricultural land without paying compensation.

Meanwhile, the late Chief Justice’s body is expected in the country at mid-day today.

“The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) wishes to advise that the body of the late retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku will depart from OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:45am and arrive at Harare International Airport at 12:15pm,” the JSC said in a statement.


  1. The facilitator…..

  2. Hero for doing what? Did he bring electricity to Rhodesia? Did he introduce education to S Rhodesia?

  3. Here are the 5 definitions of “hero”:-
    1. remarkably brave person: somebody who commits an act of remarkable bravery or who has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of character

    2. somebody admired: somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements

    3. Arts – main character in fictional plot: the principal male character in a film, novel, or play, especially one who plays a vital role in plot development or around whom the plot is structured

    4. Mythology – man with superhuman powers: in cla*sical mythology, a man, especially the son of a god and a mortal, who is famous for possessing some extraordinary gift such as superhuman strength

    5. North America – food long sandwich: a sandwich made from a long roll or loaf of bread with a filling of meat and cheese with lettuce and tomato

    I do not see where Godfrey fits in any of the above.

  4. Colonel Chingwaru

    R.I.P national hero,the country has been robbed of one of its most important jurist.Will be sadly missed.

    1. @Chingwaru – stop trying to brainwash the people you fool.

  5. Mbukumbuku Chareh 1

    kkkkkkk tose tangova maHeroooooo kuchazara Tsvakai denga kwete heroes heroes herroes

  6. Kwakadii. Hapana chokutya tose tichangofa. Ukavigwa Hoeroes acre, pasi pegungwa kunaMwari hapana difference. ASI ICHIRI HEROES ACRE HERE KANA KUTI YAVA HEROES HECTARE. Ndipindureiwo.

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