Mashonaland West mourns national hero, Cde Chidawu

By Regis Mhako

Colleagues, relatives and neighbours had a chance to pay their last respect to the late national hero, Engineer Oliver Chidawu whose body was this Saturday flown to his Stanford farm in Zvimba North.

The body arrived at his farm mid-morning this Saturday aboard an Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopter.

Ruling party supporters, colleagues and relatives thronged Stanford Farm homestead to bid farewell to the late national hero, who died on the 19th of this month.

Family representative Douglas Chidawu described the late National Hero as a person who was committed to help family members.

“He used to come here at the farm religiously like every week. He virtually loved every family member,” he said.

A neighboring farmer said neighbouring farmers benefitted from the late Engineer Chidawu.

“I once worked for him before. I also became a stand-alone farmer and I would benefit from him alongside other farmers around,” he noted.

ZANU PF Politburo member, Cde Omega Hungwe, Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Mary Mliswa and Central Committee member, Cde Phineas Makumbe spoke glowingly about the contribution of the late national hero.

Said Cde Hungwe, “God has plucked out his flower and what’s needed now is unity.”

“He was like a father figure to me and each time we met as provincial ministers, he would give valuable advice and wisdom,” noted Cde Mliswa.

The body has been flown back to Harare where it will lay in state until burial on Monday.