Churches mourn hero Dabengwa 

Source: Churches mourn hero Dabengwa | The Herald May 30, 2019

Churches mourn hero DabengwaMembers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church sing and dance while awaiting the arrival of national hero Dr Dumiso Dabengwa’s body at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo.

Nqobile Tshili Bulawayo Bureau
CHURCHES yesterday said national hero Dr Dumiso Dabengwa was an international icon whose legacy transcends the political realm.

Church leaders under the banner of the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) yesterday visited the Dabengwa residence in Fourwinds to condole with the family.

The church leaders held a funeral service and pastors leading their respective congregants took turns to preach about the good works of Dr Dabengwa.

The national hero who will be buried on Saturday at his rural home in Ntabazinduna, Matabeleland North province, died on Thursday last week in Nairobi, Kenya en-route to Zimbabwe from India where he had gone to seek medical treatment.

He was 79.

Local pastors and bishops led by ZHOCD executive secretary Dr Bishop Kenneth Mutata said Dr Dabengwa’s life was of great service to humanity and should be celebrated.

Dr Mutata said in his interactions with the liberation icon, he was always charmed by his depth in understanding global issues.

He said society should not locate him only in the political spectrum.

“When we are celebrating Dr Dabengwa’s life, some people may try to confine his life history to a political narrative, but Dr Dabengwa’s life is far much bigger than politics.

“He embodies far much more than a political institution can contain. Others may try to confine his life just to the national discussion to say he is just someone from Zimbabwe, but Dr Dabengwa is bigger than Zimbabwe. He is celebrated all over the world and is therefore too big to be just a national narrative,” said Dr Mutata.

He said some may want to confine his history to the region yet his deeds transcend regional boundaries.

Dr Mutata said the nation should strive to fulfil Dr Dabengwa’s vision of a united Zimbabwe.

He said the liberation stalwart died while they were still in conversations about how to unite Zimbabweans in their diversity.

Dr Mutata said in the weeks leading to his death, they held a meeting where Dr Dabengwa highlighted that the country’s national unity was paramount.

He said to honour Dr Dabengwa, Zimbabweans should fulfil his wishes of seeing a united Zimbabwe.

Dr Dabengwa’s send-off funeral service will be held tomorrow at White City Stadium.