Live: Burial of National Hero Cde Peter Chanetsa
Saturday, 07 January 2017 08:55
1245: Official proceedings here at the National Heroes Acre have come to an end and that concludes our live updates. Thank you for being with us!
1240: The National Anthem is now being sung.
1226: Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa is now leading the laying of wreaths.
1203: The casket is now being carried to Cde Chanetsa’s final resting place.
1153: Acting President Mnangagwa has finished his address.
A scientific land audit is being put in place with the ultimate goal being food self sufficiency.
1152: "Farmers on the Command Agriculture programme are expected to deliver on the promise they made when they joined the programme and are also expected to account for the inputs they received as well as prove that they deserve to be on the land ahead of others.
1144: “Go well Peter, go well son of the soil!,”
1143: Acting President Mnangagwa narrates Cde Chanetsa’s history as a liberation icon.
1140: “When Mash West recommended that Cde Chanetsa be accoreded a national hero status, the discussions in the Politburo were a mere formality as he had long earned the right to be buried here at this sacred shrine. Were together at the Lancaster House negotiations,”
1139: “No doubt this is a very difficult moment..having lost a dear loved and the family now have to face the future without a bread winner..they should know we are together in mourning Cde Peter Chanetsa,”
1137: “His sudden departure caught all of us unaware..on behalf of His Excellency..Cde RG Mugabe who in-spite of being away is with us in this hour of grief,”
1135: Acting President Mnangagwa is now addressing the mourners.
1134: Dr Made has now asked Acting President Mnangagwa to address the mourners.
1133: The Master of Ceremony Dr Joseph Made is now on the podium. "Cde Chanetsa never waivered and made tremendous contributions to the nation before and after the independence."
1121: He says Cde Chanetsa began to read the bible more often as he grew older.
1119: A family representative is on the podium and describes Cde Chanetsa as a Zimbabwean hero who fought tirelessly for the liberation of Zimbabwe.
1110: Father Ribeiro finishes his sermon and a choir is now singing.
1101: Acting Home Affairs Minister Dr Joseph Made has invited Father Emmanuel Ribeiro to give a sermon.
1058: The casket carrying the body of Cde Peter Chanetsa has arrived at the National Heroes Acre and will be placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
1007: Cde Mnangagwa is now leading the body viewing ceremony.
1000: Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived at Stodart Hall for the body viewing ceremony.
0955: Cde Webster Shamu arrives with wife his Constance.
0952: Service chiefs arrive.
0940: Dr Sydney Sekeramayi who is the Defence Minister has arrived.
0936: Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Dr Christopher Mushohwe has arrived.
0925: The casket is carried into Stodart Hall.
0921: Cde Saviour Kasukuwere who is the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing has arrived.
0910: Agriculture Minister and Acting Home Affairs Minister Joseph Made has arrived.
0908: A sizeable crowd has gathered outside Stodart Hall awaiting the arrival of Acting President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.
0900: The body of nationalist and national hero Cde Peter Chanetsa has arrived at Stodart Hall in Mbare, Harare.