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Sikhanyiso Ndlovu burial - live update

by Costa Mano and Lincoln Towindo
19 Sep 2015 at 10:44hrs | Views
12:05 President Mugabe has finished his address.

12:04 We say goodbye to him as a free and emancipated people..he goes to rest a happy and fulfilled fighter for freedom. He leaves behind a free people, a literate and educated people...a free Zimbabwe whose coming into being gave him so many visible and invisible scars. Go well son of the Elephant, son of the soil. -President Mugabe.

12:00 The challenge is to give that education and qualitative leap to help in the economy.....Dr Ndlovu set examples by his chain of colleges...How then does he depart from us? he who sired so many testimonies but alas history will always be told.-President Mugabe.

11:57 President Mugabe says yes he went to America to pursue higher education and finished his doctoral studies which was proof of a educated fighter. He says Sikhanyiso went to seek higher knowledge for the struggle not for personal glory and once done he returned back to Zambia to assist the struggle...Dr Ndlovu was a visionary who knew that the struggle wasn't just about guns.

11:53 He was amongst the pioneers at Gonakudzigwa, that notorious open prison in the middle of Gonarezhou....Gonakudzingwa was built for the incarceration of the nationalists on the Zapu side..these open prisons were meant to break the back of the nationalist was not easy to be a widowed wife of a man who lived in the confines of prison-President Mugabe.

11:50 His commitment and dedication to a protected struggle shall live forever-President Mugabe

11:49 It is a sad day indeed as we gather to bury a veteran nationalist and educationist..on behalf of the party Zanu-PF, on behalf of Government and on behalf of the entire nation I pass my condolences to the Ndlovu family especially mama Ndlovu. -President Mugabe.

11:46 Dr Chombo has invited President Mugabe to address the mourners.

11:37 Mr Ndlovu has finished his speech.

11:36 He was an educator, a liberator and one who promoted inter-cultural cohesion-Mr Ndlovu

11:33 Mr Ndlovu thanks the President and Government of Zimbabwe for recognising the accomplishments of Dr Ndlovu by declaring him a national hero. He describes his brother's work in education which led him being named Educator of the Century in 2000.

11:32 Dr Chombo has invited Simangaliso Ndlovu who is the family representative to make a speech.

11:31 A minister of religion from the Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe gave a sermon on God not being interested in nobodies and paid tribute to the wonderful works of Dr Ndlovu whom he said was a pillar of strength and had a lot of wisdom which he shared with nation till his death.

11:23 Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo is the Master of Ceremony.

1111: President Mugabe and First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe has arrived at the National Heroes Acre.

The casket is carried to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Part of the crowd that is at the national shrine.

11:10 The casket has arrived at the national shrine and will been laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

10:28 The body viewing ceremony is over and mourners are now leaving for the National Heroes Acre.

10:17 President Mugabe leads the body viewing ceremony.

10:07 President Mugabe and First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe have arrived.

09:57 President Mugabe is expected to arrive soon.

09:50  Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived.

19:31 Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi who is accompanied by his wife arrives.

19:20 Scores of people have now gathered outside the hall awaiting the start of proceedings.

Some of the family members.

09:14 Speaker of Parliament advocate Jacob Mudenda has arrived at Stodart Hall.

The casket carrying the body of Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu arrives on a gun carriage.

09:00 The body of late national hero Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu arrives at Stodart Hall. The body is accompanied by members of the Ndlovu family.

The casket is carried into Stodart Hall. All pictures by Lincoln Towindo.

Source - the herald