Late Public Service Commission chairman Mariyawanda Nzuwah is set to be buried at the National Heroes Acre after he was conferred with the highest honour of the land by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
In a statement, Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe revealed the development Wednesday.
“I have received the message that Dr Mariyawanda Nzuwah has been declared a national hero,” Kazembe said.
The long serving former civil servants boss died at the age of 68 Tuesday after a short illness.
In a condolence message Tuesday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the passing of the former bureaucrat “has dealt a great blow to our Nation which has been robbed of a long-serving civil servant, very dedicated and loyal to his country”.
He added, “An eminent academic, Dr Nzuwah’s early scholarly works were in nationalist research in support of the liberation struggle. As a committed cadre, he placed his professional skills and career at the disposal of the struggle and his country soon after the attainment of our Independence.
“Hence, together with the likes of fellow academic contemporaries in the mould of the late national heroes Dr Tichaona Jokonya, Dr Charles Utete, the current Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, and many others, were reassigned from the University of Zimbabwe to throw their weight behind public service.
“That made them a rare crop of leaders in the civil service. The late Dr Nzuwah will be remembered in the annuls of our Bureaucracy as the first indigenous person to Chair the Public Service Commission making him a longest-serving member or the Commission to date.
“He distinguished himself by ably superintending over the transformation of our Civil Service from a colonial bureaucracy serving minority interests to placing it at the service of the majority of our people in a post-Independent Zimbabwe.”
Mnangagwa continued, “On behalf of the eating Party, ZANU-PF, Government, my family, and on my own behalf, I express deep sorrow and grief to the Nzuwah family, especially to Mrs Nzuwah and the children who have lost a devoted husband, loving father and guardian. May they take comfort from the knowledge that the Nation joins them in mourning his loss.”