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    Relatives still bitter over Chidoda’s hero status


    SIPHATHISIWE MATHAMBO

    MUSHAGASHE - Family members and friends who gathered at the memorial service of the late Alois Makamure Chidoda on Friday are still to come to terms with the failure of the affable politician to get a hero status.
    The function was held at a farm in Mushagashe where Chidoda was buried.
    It was the grumble with almost everyone at the function that Zanu PF failed to forgive Chidhoda (whatever  crime he committed) to the extent that they would not recognise his sterling work during the liberation struggle and give him one form of hero status or another. The late Chidoda was one of the most senior Zanu PF representatives in Europe during the liberation struggle and he is well known for having mobilized immense resources for the party.
    Most of the relatives pleaded with the media not to publish the family's concerns.
    The family members were so adamant about raising the issue of hero status that they told every speaker not to bring any politics to the event.
    However, in hushed tones they all expressed their bitterness.
    "It is unbelievable that they could not give Chidhoda any form of hero status. If they did not want to give him national hero status then they should at least have given him provincial hero status," said one relative.
    Joseph Mushuku a close friend to the late narrated the life of the late from the time they were together at Gokomere High School. He described Chidoda as a great footballer who became the captain of the school team although he was the youngest there.
    He also said that Chidoda was very good in English.
    Chidoda's wife, Petronella Rugare said she will forever cherish the moments she had with her caring and loving husband. Chidoda's brothers and the family at large said they have lost their pillar of strength.
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