The Zimbabwean Government on Thursday, honoured an activist who was arrested for booing former first lady Grace Mugabe with a “liberation hero” status, after he died in a car crash.
Magura Charumbira died in a road accident about 40 km outside Harare five km before the Norton Toll Plaza on the Bulawayo Harare highway in the early hours of Monday.
“President Emmerson Mnangagwa awarded Charumbira for doing “a sterling job for Zimbabwe,” party spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo told dpa.
“There is nothing amiss about that status his excellency (Mnangagwa) gave to Magura even if he did not go to war,” Moyo said.
He referred to the fact that Charumbira was too young to have fought in the country’s war of independence in the 1970s.
Charumbira made headlines in 2017 when he was arrested for booing Mugabe while she was addressing a rally.
He was charged with criminal nuisance but was later acquitted in court.
Zimbabwe’s long-time leader Robert Mugabe, who was forced to resign after a military coup in November, at the time accused Mnangagwa of orchestrating the booing of his wife.
Both the first lady and Mnangagwa had been vying to replace 93-year-old Robert Mugabe.
Mnangagwa was dismissed two days later and fled the country, only to return triumphant in the wake of the coup.
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