National hero, Eng Chidawu described as an upright politician

By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor

ZANU PF Harare province has described the late national hero, Engineer Oliver Chidawu as a pillar of strength who worked tirelessly to set up strong party structures in the province.

The late Harare Metropolitan Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Engineer Oliver Chidawu who will be buried on Monday at the National Heroes Acre has been showered with praise for being an upright politician.

ZANU PF Harare Provincial Women’s League Chairperson, Ratidzo Mukarati said the late national hero was a father-figure.

“Engineer Chidawu was a father figure in Harare province, he would counsel members whenever there are disagreements to ensure party ethos prevail always,” she said.

ZANU PF Harare Province Youth League Chairperson, Emmanuel Mahachi weighed in saying Engineer Chidawu played an important role in uniting the province.

“As youth league, we have lost a man whose larger than life character united the provincial structures and we are poorer without him,” he said.

Other provincial members said the late national hero restored sanity in Harare by getting rid of land barons who were grabbing every open space.

“Engineer Chidawu cleansed Harare of land barons and this is his credit in the province.

“He didn’t tolerate corrupt tendencies, he was a straight man who believed in working hard for the people of Zimbabwe.”

This Saturday, the people of Mashonaland West province will have a chance to pay their last respects to one of their own when his body will be taken to his farm before burial at the National Heroes Acre on Monday.

The late Engineer Chidawu is survived by wife Spiwe, two children and six grand-children.