The late national hero Major General Trust Mugoba has been laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.

Speaking at the burial, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Major General Mugoba’s death came as a huge blow, as it was soon after the death of the country’s founding father, former President Robert Mugabe.

He said the death of the two calls on the nation to guard jealously the country’s independence.

He said the late national hero worked well during his tour of duty on the continental assignment.

The President urged the continent to protect the love and harmony by the founding fathers of Africa, saying there is no place for divisions on the continent.

Cde Mnangagwa paid tribute to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) for the peace, freedom and unity in Zimbabwe.

Born on 2 November 1959, Major General Mugoba joined the liberation struggle in 1977 and his Chimurenga name was Cde Joseph Zulu.

He was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) in 1981 and was trained as a special force.

He rose through the ranks to become a Major General, a rank he held until his death.

In 2017 he was seconded to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as the Chief of Staff of the African Union Stand-by Force.