Godfrey Chidyausiku has been declared a national hero and will be buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare on Saturday, Mugabe said.

The hero status was announced yesterday by the 94-year-old President when he visited the family home to pay his condolences

Mugabe explained that the late Retired Chief Justice receieved the national hero status  in recognition of the role that the he played in the struggle for Zimbabwe and his controversial role in Zimbabwe’s land reform programme.

“Retired Chief Justice Chidyausiku showed that he was in agreement with the ideals of Zimbabwe’s struggle and its ideology and he never deviated from the path of the principles for which many fought for,” Mugabe said.

President Mugabe was accompanied by the First Lady, Dr Grace Amai Mugabe during the visit to the family.