The late Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza and former Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Commissioner General Major-General (Retired) Paradzai Zimondi were yesterday declared national heroes and will be buried at the National Heroes Acre at a date to be announced.

Minister Matiza (60), who was also the Zanu PF chairman for Mashonaland East, and Maj-Gen Zimondi (74) both died on Friday from Covid-19.

Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister and Zanu PF National Chairman Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri delivered the declarations to the families of the two national heroes yesterday.

Speaking at the Matiza home in Borrowdale, Minister Muchinguri said President Mnangagwa was pained by Cde Matiza’s death.

The late Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza

“The party Zanu PF and Government have lost a hero who was a hard worker and reliable. He was tireless in working for the development of the country,” said Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri.

At the Zimondi home in Umwinsdale, Cde Muchinguri said the late hero was a brave soldier who had dedicated his life in the struggle for independence.

“He was a fearless soldier who was committed to the struggle for the country’s independence.”

Maj-Gen Zimondi was born on March 4, 1947. Herald


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