The remains of the late commander of commanders, Retired General Solomon Mujuru who died on Tuesday have returned to Harare and are lying in state at his Chisipite home before burial at the National Heroes Acre this Saturday.
Earlier in the day, the remains of the late General were flown to his rural home in Chikomba where they were received by thousands of mourners.
The remains of the late commander of commanders arrived at Neshangwe High School in Chikomba, Sadza at 10 am.
From the school, the remains were then taken to the late Generalâ€™s rural home.
The casket of the late military icon and strategist, General Solomon Mujuru, was taken to his rural home aboard an Airforce of Zimbabwe helicopter.
Two other helicopters were availed to carry other dignitaries who included the late Generalâ€™s wife, Vice President, Cde Joice Mujuru, Minister of State Security, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander-General Constantine Chiwenga, Air Marshal Perence Shiri and Zanu PF Mashonaland East Provincial Chairman, Cde Ray Kaukonde and other relatives.
They were seen off at One Commando barracks by Minister of Defence, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa and other senior government officials.
In an interview with ZBC News, Cde Mnangagwa, who described the death of the late General Mujuru as a blow not only to the Mujuru family and Zanu PF but to the nation as a whole, challenged the people especially the youths and Zanu PF as a party, to jealously guard the correct revolutionary lines as demonstrated by the late General.
From Chikomba, the remains were taken to Marondera, which is the Mashonaland East provincial capital.
Thousands of people welcomed the remains of General Mujuru in the afternoon at Rudhaka stadium, among them the Governor and Resident Minister for Mashonaland East province, Cde Aeneas Chigwedere.
ZDF Commander-General Constantine Chiwenga chronicled the history of the late commander of commanders General Mujuru, highlighting that he was among the first commanders to ignite the fire that started the liberation struggle leading to independence in 1980.
Zanu PF Politburo member, who is also Minister of State Security, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi commended the sterling work done by the late commander of commanders and urged the youth to emulate the sacrifice made by General Mujuru.
Meanwhile, a cross section of ordinary Zimbabweans has described the late Commander of Commanders, Retired General Solomon Mujuru as a great man who associated with people at all levels.
The death of Retired General Mujuru did not only have an impact on those who were close him or those who have rubbed shoulders with him, but to ordinary Zimbabweans who knew the man from afar.
The late General touched the hearts of many in various ways and despite his high ranking army title; General Mujuru has been described as a down-to-earth man.
Affectionately known by his Chimurenga name Cde Rex Nhongo, General Mujuru died during the early hours of Tuesday morning when his farm house at his Ruzambo farm caught fire.
Burial is at the National Heroes Acre this Saturday where thousands are again expected to throng the national shrine in his honour.