Zimbabwe’s liberation stalwart and intelligence supremo, Dr Dumiso Dabengwa has been declared a national hero.

Vice President Kembo Mohadi made the announcement at the Joshua Mqabuko International Airport in Bulawayo this morning where hundreds of mourners were awaiting the arrival of the icon’s body from Nairobi, Kenya.

The body however did not come as the plane had little space in the cargo section.

“The government has seen it fit to honour our esteemed commander Dr Dumiso Dabengwa by conferring him with a national hero status. We unanimously agreed on this very important decision as we all know that he was one of our revolutionary leaders throughout the struggle. The body could not come today as this aircraft did not have enough space for the coffin to fit in,” said Cde Mohadi.

The Vice President also revealed that the government will not stand in the way of the wishes of the late and his family in terms of where he will be buried.

“The government is seized with efforts to bring the body as soon as possible. In our deliberations with the family, we learnt that the wishes of the late hero were to be buried in the village where his mother lies. The government will not stand in the way of this wish, but will facilitate burial arrangements like it was done with Professor Phineas Makhurane and Dr Oliver Mutukudzi,” he said.

The former Home Affairs minister died in Nairobi on Thursday on his way from India where he was receiving treatment.

He is survived by wife, Zodwa, five children and several grand children.

Mourners are gathered number 39 Diamond Drive, Fourwinds in Bulawayo.