The body of the late national hero Professor Callistus Ndlovu has arrived at his rural home in Sanzukwi, Mangwe District, where hundreds of mourners have gathered to bid him farewell.

The body arrived at 10am aboard a military helicopter and was escorted by his widow Angeline, Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Ambassador Simon Khaya-Moyo and other senior government officials.

Professor Ndlovu died in South Africa last week Wednesday and was declared a national hero.

Before the start of official proceedings, relatives of Professor Ndlovu performed rituals at the family grave site where his mother and brother are buried.

Family spokesperson, Mr Genos Ndlovu gave a touching tribute saying the void left by Professor Ndlovu would be difficult to fill.

Minister of State for Matabeleland South Cde Abednico Ncube said losing Professor Ndlovu after the recent passing on of Professor Phineas Makhurane, who also hailed from the province, has left the region poorer.

In her speech, Cde Ncube said the leadership qualities that were exhibited by the former cabinet minister are worth emulating.

In his eulogy, the chief mourner, Ambassador Khaya-Moyo paid tribute to Professor Ndlovu for the important role he played before and after independence saying his legacy will continue to live on.

Professor Ndlovu’s body has since been flown back to Bulawayo where it lie in state at his Khumalo home ahead of a memorial service which will be held at the St Mary’s Cathedral tomorrow (Friday) starting at 9am.   

After the church service, the body will be taken to the Large City Hall before it is flown to Harare for burial at the National Shrine on Saturday.