Nkala deserves hero status: Dabengwa

The late Enos Nkala, 81, made exceptional contributions towards the liberation struggle for Zimbabwe and deserves national hero status, says Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa.

The late Enos Nkala
The late Enos Nkala

Dabengwa described Nkala, who died at the Avenues Clinic on August 21, as a selfless cadre who would go an extra mile to ensure Zimbabweans are freed from colonial chains.

He said if hero status was determined by one’s contributions towards the liberation struggle, then Nkala would be the right candidate to be laid to rest at the national shrine.

“Though some people have been shifting goal posts regarding who deserved national hero status, it will be difficult for anyone to deny Nkala a final resting place at the National Heroes Acre,” said Dabengwa in a telephone interview with The Zimbabwean.

Dabengwa described Nkala as a focused politician who was against the Zanu (PF)-Zapu unity accord since independence, as he had realised that such a project would not last.

President Mugabe described the late Nkala as a great, staunch, unyielding and dependable liberation war fighter, whose death was a great loss to the nation. He saw in Nkala the right candidate to be buried at the national shrine.

“We will discuss what to do with him and I am sure he will be buried at the National Heroes Acre,” said Mugabe.

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