“You will not see us there anymore nomatter who would be buried there,” said party spokesperson Nelson Chamisa. “The position is very simple. If anybody from the MDC go there, it would be clear that they would be going to a Zanu (PF) function because Mugabe has clearly said it’s not a national institution but a Zanu (PF) shrine.
“For us to be perennial gate crashers to an event that our colleagues in Zanu (PF) claim to be theirs and theirs does not make sense.”
The two MDC factions in government boycotted last Thursday’s burial of former Mashonaland Central governor and Zanu (PF) top official Ephraim Masawi.
Addressing mourners during the burial, Mugabe said the national shrine was only for those who fought in the struggle, putting paid to any future hopes of seeing other Zimbabweans who have excelled in other fields being interred at the shrine.
Zanu (PF) national spokesperson Rugare Gumbo added by describing the MDC politicians as former “high school students” who were at school when the liberation war was being waged.
The MDC faction led by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara had its calls for its late Vice President Gibson Sibanda to be declared as a national hero vehemently resisted by Zanu (PF).