Masawi’s hero’s status is said to have split the politburo on Monday as some members of the supreme decision making body were of the opinion that he did not participate in the war of liberation and could not be buried at the Heroes Acre.
However, the Zanu (PF) politburo made a decision Tuesday morning to declare Masawi a national hero.
Masawi, a former provincial governor for Mashonaland Central province died on Saturday morning at the Avenues clinic.
Masawi reportedly fell out of favour with President Robert Mugabe after he attended the launch of a former Zanu (PF) secretary general, Edgar Tekere’s launch of his book, “A lifetime of a struggle”.
In his book, “A Lifetime of a Struggle” – Tekere speaks disparagingly about President Mugabe’s participation in the liberation struggle.
Tekere in his book claimed that Mugabe does not know how to handle an AK 47 and that he was an opportunist.
Masawi is expected to be buried at the Heroes Acre on Thursday.