Sabina died in Harare on Saturday and the Zanu (PF) politburo took a few minutes to declare her a national heroine which meant she had to be buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.
She was buried on Sunday where Mugabe officiated but Tsvangirai and Khupe among other top government officials decided to address a rally and meet their structures in Matabeleland in a development that is expected to draw a furious response from Zanu (PF).
Tsvangirai’s MDC says it does not agree with the way hero status is granted saying they also need to be consulted. The conferring of hero status is one of the outstanding issues of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), which brought about the inclusive government.
But Mugabe and his cronies continue to ignore the MDC whenever they sit to decide who gets national hero status.
A top MDC official on Sunday told Radio VOP that they will not take seriously such events at the Heroes Acre as long as Mugabe and his party make unilateral decisions.
“President Mugabe and his cronies still believe that they are in government alone. They forget that we are also in there and we are here to stay. Such decisions of national importance should be done by everyone not just Zanu (PF).
“Zanu PF is a political party in government just like the splinter group of the MDC. We all have to be involved in determining who is a hero or not. The Zanu PF politburo does not run the country as they used to do before we were in government.
“However, I must point out that President Tsvangirai had made prior arrangements to meet the people in Matabeleland and in any case, it’s not really important to attend a Zanu (PF) function disguised as a national event.
“When Sabina Mugabe passed away, President Tsvangirai went to her house where he passed his condolences to Mugabe. So it must be made clear that President Tsvangirai attended the funeral of Mugabe’s sister in Eastlea last week but did not attend the burial,” said the highly placed MDC official.
The president of the smaller faction of the MDC, Arthur Mutambara was also quoted in the weekend press attacking the unilateral decision by Zanu (PF) to declare Sabina Mugabe national hero.
“It is one of the outstanding issues of the GPA. “We are going to set up a national body that will be responsible for declaring national heroes.
“It should not be one political party but a body independent of political parties but inclusive of all Zimbabweans,” Mutambara was quoted as saying.