The body of the late national hero, Cde Andrew Sikajaya Muntanga has arrived in Harare from Binga, where hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered to bid farewell to the lion of Binga.
The body will lie in state at One Commando barracks and will depart for Stordat Hall, before burial at the National Heroes Acre this Wednesday.
It was received at the Harare International Airport by Zanu PF National Chairman, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo and other government officials.
From Binga, the body of Cde Muntanga, who was also known as Siamazuba Bigman, was accompanied by his wife and son, Politburo member, Cde Jacob Mudenda and Matabeleland North Governor and Resident Minister, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Melusi Machiya.
Ambassador Khaya Moyo called on all progressive Zimbabweans to throng the National Shrine to bid farewell to the late national hero.
Mines and Mining Development Minister, Cde Obert Mpofu described Cde Muntanga as a great cadre who will be greatly missed, not only by the people of Binga, but the country at large.
Addressing mourners at Freedom Square in Binga, Governor and Resident Minister for Matabeleland North province, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu, challenged the community to keep detailed and accurate records of their living leaders who contributed to the success of the liberation struggle.
Zanu PF Politburo member, Cde Jacob Mudhenda said the Tonga people fully appreciate the honour bestowed on Cde Muntanga.
Family members, Laston Muntanga and Laston Munga paid tribute to the people of Binga for their support to the family during difficult times, dating back to the liberation struggle.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association in Mashonaland East province has called upon its members to attend the burial of the late national hero, Cde Muntanga at the national shrine.
Provincial Vice Chairperson, Cde Elias Muyambo said a meeting which was due to be addressed by members of the national executive at the Zanu PF headquarters in Marondera at 10 am on Wednesday has been cancelled to allow members to attend the burial of Cde Muntanga.
The Harare chapter of the association also urged Zimbabweans from all walks of life to go out in large numbers to attend the burial of the late national hero this Wednesday.
The associationâ€™s information and publicity secretary, Cde Claudius Mutero said arrangements have been made to ferry people to the national shrine.
Cde Muntanga died as a result of a heart problem on the 10th of this month.