Former Zanu-PF Politburo Member and Matabeleland North Governor, Welshman Mabhena, has been declared a national hero.
This was announced by the Zanu-PF National Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo in Harare on Wednesday evening.
Cde Mabhena died on Tuesday morning at his Bulawayo home after a long struggle with diabetes and blood pressure. He was 86 years.
Family spokesperson, Norman Mabhena, confirmed Cde Mabhenaâ€™s death.
Zanu-PF Politburo Member, Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, described the late Cde Mabhena as a principled man who was concerned with the development of Matebeleland region.
Cde Mabhena is survived by his wife Rebecca, 3 children, 12 grandchildren andÂ 2 great-grand children.
Mourners are gathered at number 12 Amatja Road, Four Winds, Bulawayo.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.