Lesabe quit Zanu (PF) together with former politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa late in 2008 to revive Zapu.
Methuseli Moyo, the spokesman for Zapu, said on Monday her funeral had been delayed following requests by family members and Zapu supporters to have time to travel to the burial.
“There will be a memorial service on Friday in Bulawayo at a venue to be confirmed to afford city residents a chance to bid farewell to Lesabe. Zapu is working closely with the Lesabe family to organise all logistics such as transport, feeding and the programme of events for the funeral,” said Moyo.
“Zapu takes this opportunity to re-iterate that we will not let anyone, no matter how powerful, to violate Lesabe’s wish that she be laid to rest at her farm. We appreciate that Lesabe was a
prominent national leader, who under normal circumstances would have been interred at the once respectable national shrine in Harare.
“However, events in her life, and indeed the conduct of the custodians of that shrine, obviously made her stress to the point that she did not want to be buried there. May her wish be respected,” he said.
Moyo added that for the avoidance of any doubt, Zapu would no longer bother itself with who Zanu (PF) declared or did not declare a hero.
“We are the founder and authentic liberation movement of Zimbabwe and therefore will not submit ourselves to a rival, splinter movement to tell us who is a hero and who is not. Let Zanu (PF) keep its heroes acre. Our hearts are our heroes’ acre.”
“Zapu welcomes all political parties, civic organisations, religious institutions, business organisations, farming associations,traditional leadership, and indeed all Zimbabweans to be with us
during our dark hour. We will however be alert for those who have developed a sickening tendency of trying to use other people’s grief as an opportunity to gain political mileage they do not deserve,” he said.