The Deputy Director General in the Office of the President, Cde Mennard Muzariri, has died.
The Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr. Ray Ndhlukula said burial arrangements will be announced in due course.
Meanwhile, Vice President Joice Mujuru has described the late Cde Muzariri as a patriot par excellence.
Cde Mujuru was speaking when she paid her condolences to the Muzariri family on Monday evening at their Borrowdale home in Harare.
She said the bond they had as former combatants in the war of liberation is deeper than family bonds as it was a bond that was forged through blood, adding that the late Cde Muzariri was really a comrade in arms whom she shared the trenches with in the struggle for liberation.
Many in the security sector also paid their condolences to the Muzariri family.
These included the Zimbabwe National Army Commander, Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, who said he had known the late Cde Muzariri for over 40 years.
Deputy Police Commissioner, Godwin Matanga, said the late Cde Muzariri was an effective officer who loved his country.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Cde Justin Mupamhanga said he knew Cde Muzariri during the war of liberation saying he was one of the toughest comrades he came across.
The uncle to the late Cde Muzariri, Cde Jericho Muzariri, said he was a family unifier who leaves a big void in the family set up.
Cde Muzariri aged 56, died at St Annes Hospital in Harare yesterday after a short illness.
Cde Muzariri left the country to join the liberation struggle in 1973.
He received his initial military training at Mgagao Camp in Tanzania and proceeded to an advanced instructorâ€™s course at the same camp.
In 1978, he went to Zambia where he worked at the partyâ€™s office as an administrator.
Later, in the same year, he was posted to Botswana where he worked as political commissar at the party office.
In 1980, Cde Muzariri worked in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office as an intelligence officer.
In 1984, he was promoted to the post of Head of Division and in 1987; he was elevated to the post of Director-Internal.
In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Director General in the Presidentâ€™s Office, a post he held until the time of his death.
Meanwhile, the Mashonaland Central Zanu PF provincial leadership has recommended to the Politburo that the late Cde Muzariri be accorded national hero status.
In an interview with ZBC News, Zanu PF Mashonaland Central provincial chairperson, Cde Dickson Mafios said the provinceâ€™s decision was unanimous having considered Cde Muzaririâ€™s contribution to the country before and after independence.
He said the province is in a state of shock following the untimely death of Cde Muzariri whom he described as a patriotic, committed and selfless cadre.
Cde Mafios added that the late Cde Muzariri was a humble man, a pillar of unity in the province and a great farmer who was involved in various schemes to enhance agriculture production in the country.
He is survived by his wife Ester and five children.
Mourners are gathered at House Number 27, Ross Avenue, Borrowdale, Harare.
Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.