Updates by: Skilder Makona Live reporting by: Janet Munyaka
1202: The body of Professor Ndlovu is now being taken to its final resting place.
1158: President Mnangagwa says, “go well, son of the soil, a dedicated cadre, hamba kahle, qhawe lamaqhawe, lala ngokuthula,” as he concludes his speech.
“The Zimbabwe we want will only come through honesty and hardwork. Let us harness our skills, talents and resources to develop our country. Let’s desist from divisive politics,” ED.
1156: Politics that promulgate violence and endanger the lives of people have no place in Zimbabwe, says the President.
“Institutions of higher learning should produce technocrats to usher the country into the fourth industrial revolution and a prosperous Zimbabwe we all want,” ED.
1148: He says Professor Ndlovu was a disciplined and hardworking leader with a sound and clear understanding of party rules committed to the betterment of the lives of people.
“Professor Ndlovu’s traits must be instilled in all of us as we transform our country into a middle income economy by 2030,” ED.
1147: The President says Professor Ndlovu mobilised food and clothes for liberation fighters while he was the Zapu representative in America. He says the late national hero rose through the ranks of Zapu and became the Chief Advisor of Zapu at the Geneva and Lancaster House Conferences.
1145: He says the late national hero, after attaining his degree in Lesotho, he became a teacher, as he challenges youths to emulate Professor Ndlovu saying students should take part in the country’s development agenda. .
1144: “Cde Ndlovu was a victim of oppressive laws. He became involved in politics in the 1950s at Empandeni School under the tutorship of Cde George Silundika,” ED.
1143: The President says Cde Ndlovu grew up in a hostile political environment which gave rise to indigenous political movements.
1140: President Mnangagwa says the whole nation is mourning with the Ndlovu family while he also conveys his heartfelt condolences following the death of Cde Ndlovu.
1136: The Master of Ceremony has invited President Mnangagwa to address mourners here at the National Heroes Acre.
1126: “Professor Ndlovu brought about peace, order and unity in the party in Bulawayo. It was an honour for us to have him as an uncle, he ran his race and we should emulate his good deeds,” Mr Dube.
1125: Mr Dube says Professor Ndlovu loved his culture and he was always teaching.
1123: He says the national hero was a liberator who fought diligently for the emancipation of Zimbabwe. “Zanu PF has lost a loyal cadre, the education sector has lost a professor, academic par excellence, the family has lost a father and the nation has lost a liberation icon,” says Mr Dube.
1121: Mr Dube says Professor Ndlovu was an astute politician and a dedicated cadre who never wavered in his support for the development of the country.
1120: Cde Mathema invites a family representative Mr Hannan Dube to give his speech.
1117: He invites the Minister of Religion at this burial Father Ribeiro to give an opening prayer.
1115: Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Ambassador Cain Mathema who is the Master of Ceremony takes to the podium to mark the official proceedings here.
1056: The body of the late national hero has arrived at the National Shrine, led by the President and the First Lady and is being taken to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
1034: President Mnangagwa led mourners in the body viewing procession followed by the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Zanu PF National Chairman Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Politburo members, cabinet ministers, service chiefs led by Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Philip Valerio Sibanda, relatives and friends.
0916: The body of Professor Ndlovu is now at Stodart Hall in Mbare.
0915: President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited the Ndlovu family homestead in Belvedere, Harare to pay his condolences following the passing on Cde Ndlovu.
0914: All is set for the burial of former Cabinet minister and Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial chairman Professor Callistus Dingiswayo Ndlovu at the National Heroes Acre today. Cde Ndlovu died last Wednesday in South Africa where he was being treated for pancreatic cancer.