Members of the Zanu PF Womenâ€™s League who worked with Cde Edgar Zivanayi Tekere say the bestowment of national hero status on him is a befitting honour for his role in liberating the country from colonial bondage.
The Womenâ€™s League have described the death of Cde Tekere as a loss to the country.
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Secretary for Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment in the Zanu PF Womenâ€™s League, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya said she learnt to be strong, firm and consistent from Cde Tekere during the time she worked with him during the liberation struggle in Mozambique.
Another Zanu PF Womenâ€™s League member, Cde Idah Mtungwazi who was studying for a medical degree at Georgia University in America, but decided to quit and join the liberation struggle, said Cde Tekere was one of the first people she worked with when she got to Mozambique.War veterans have described the late national hero, Cde Tekere as a true revolutionary icon whose contribution to the liberation struggle can never be erased when the countryâ€™s history is told.
War veterans say the history of the liberation of Zimbabwe can never be complete without highlighting the contribution of the late Cde Tekere, who crossed into Mozambique with President Robert Mugabe in 1975.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Makureya said Cde Tekere was a candid and astute politician.
Former Secretary General of the Zimbabwe National War Liberators Association, Cde Andy Mhlanga said even when Cde Tekere left Zanu PF, he remained committed to ensuring that the welfare of the war veterans was prioritised.
Other war veterans said Cde Tekere kick-started the liberation struggle and whatever happened along the way when he formed ZUM cannot erase his contribution to the struggle for self determination.
Meanwhile, youths have applauded the decision by the Politburo to accord national hero status to the late Cde Tekere, who played a crucial role in Zimbabweâ€˜s liberation struggle.
The youth described the late national hero as an iconic figure and a source of inspiration as he sacrificed his life at a tender age for the liberation of Zimbabwe.
They said the decision by the Zanu PF Politburo has shown detractors that the national hero status is not accorded on party lines, but by the role one played on issues of national importance.
â€œWe applaud the decision to accord the national hero status to Cde Tekere, he is a true hero and has shown the unity of purpose amongst Zimbabweans,â€ one youth said.
Cde Tekere who was one of the founders of ZANU in 1963 spent many years in prison and others in exile, sacrificing his life for the liberation of his motherland from colonial bondage.
Born in Rusape on April 1 1937, Cde Tekere attended St Faithâ€™s Mission Primary and St Augustineâ€™s Penhalonga Secondary Schools.
Cde Tekere passed away on Tuesday at Murambi Private Clinic in Mutare after a long battle with cancer.
The late national hero â€˜Two boyâ€™ Tekere leaves behind a rich legacy that will be cherished by all those he associated with.
Cde Tekere was a nationalist of longstanding involvement in the struggle and will be laid to rest at the National Shrine this Sunday.