The Zanu PF Matabeleland North provincial leadership says the conferment of hero status to the late legislator for Binga, Cde Andrew Sikajaya Muntanga is a great honour and recognition of his sterling contribution to the liberation of Zimbabwe.
Speaking at his home in Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province Governor and Resident Minister, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu said the conferment of national hero status to the late Lion of Binga, as Cde Muntanga was affectionately known, is a clear demonstration that the party recognises hard work, patriotism as well as consistency in defending the gains of the struggle.
Matabeleland North Provincial Chairman, Cde Zwelitsha Masuku said Cde Muntanga is the first national hero from Binga, which is a great honour to the province.
Family spokesperson, Ms Muntanga Dube said the death of Cde Muntanga is a great loss to the family as he was a loving and caring father.
In 1961, Cde Muntanga went to Zambia to train as a Roman Catholic Priest but when he heard that the late Vice President, Joshua Nkomo was inspiring both the young and the old to join the liberation struggle, he left his priesthood studies and headed back to Zimbabwe.
He joined ZAPU in 1965 when the leadership assigned him to Binga to open up party branches there.
Cde Muntanga travelled the whole district on foot organising the Tonga people to join mainstream politics.
He was affectionately known as â€˜Siamazuba Bigman,â€™ meaning the big man of the moment.
He leaves behind wife, Regina and six children, and will be buried at the National Heroes Acre this Wednesday.