37 individuals, some of them representatives of organisations, have been honoured for their outstanding contributions in response to Cyclone Idai.

The cyclone claimed hundreds of lives, left thousands homeless and damaged property and key infrastructure, and it took the bravery and astuteness of some people and their organisations to save lives, lessen the impact of the phenomenon and ensure the restoration of livelihoods in devastated communities that include Chimanimani and Chipinge.

With the nation today paying homage to heroes and heroines who sacrificed their lives to liberate this country, the government had an appropriate time to honour ‘Cyclone Idai heroes.’

Just after his keynote address to mark the National Heroes commemorations at the National Heroes Acre, President Emmerson Mnangagwa conferred the 37 with their awards.

Among those who received the Jairos Jiri Humanitarian Award for providing assistance and support to Cyclone hit villagers was 17-year-old Murata Professor.

Others are: Chimanimani East legislator Joshua Sacco, Strive Masiyiwa of Higher Life Foundation, Billy Reutenbach, Andre Zietsman of Bitumen, Dilloon Plaxedes, Sithole Tichaona, Chinamira Bongai, Wonderful Zikhalo, Chirara Gloria, Chitopo Tendai, Dzingie Augastine, Chimupini Douglas, Masaiti Farai, Masaiti Peter and Tasiyana Eliphas

The Zimbabwe Bravery Awards in the Gold Cross Category were awarded to three people who died while rescuing people trapped during Cyclone.

Their awards were received by their widows.

President Mnangagwa also conferred the Zimbabwe Grand Order of Friendship to the Dean of Diplomats in Zimbabwe, Ambassador Mwanananga Mawapanga, and the Zimbabwe Grand Order of Friendship to UN Resident Representative, Mr Bishow Parajuli who raised the collaboration between the UN system and the government to new greater heights.

The youngest receiver of an award, 17-year-old Murata Professor

Mr Parajuli receiving his award

Ambassador Mawapanga honoured