Engineer Oliver Chidawu declared national hero

By Oleen Ndori

THE late Harare Metropolitan Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Engineer Oliver Chidawu has been declared a national hero.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced the hero status to the Chidawu family in Harare this Wednesday evening.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa described the late minister as a solid Zanu PF cadre who was committed to national development.

“The ruling Zanu PF has agreed that Eng Chidawu be declared a national hero, due to his works for the revolutionary party and country,” said President Mnangagwa.

Zanu PF Secretary for War Veterans in the Politburo, Cde Douglas Mahiya expressed gratitude to the President for the honour bestowed on Engineer Chidawu.

“We thank you President for the honour you have bestowed upon Cde Chidawu,” said Cde Mahiya.

Engineer Oliver Chidawu, who succumbed to a heart attack this Tuesday, was born in 1954 and in 1984 became the youngest mayor in the history of the City of Harare at the age of 29.

He was appointed Harare Metropolitan Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in 2018.

Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.