Oliver Mtukudzi has been a declared a national hero, becoming the first musician to be accorded the honour.
This follows a unanimous decision by the Zanu-PF polutiburo, the party’s highest decison making body.
Tuku breathed his last wednsday afternoon followwing a long battle with diabetes.
He had been sick for alomst a month following a heart failure in November.
President Emmerson Munangagwa delivered the news to the family Thursday afternoon where he had gone to pay his condolences.
He said that the late Oliver Mtukudzi was unanimously conferred National Hero Status and that the decision was one of the shortest ever made in the Politburo.
As from this moment , the Government through the Ministry of Home Affairs will take over all arrangements and provisions for the late Mtukudzi’s funeral.
The burial date will be set by the Mtukudzi family although it is yet known whether the Family will agree to have Tuku buried at the National Heroes Acre.
Previously Simon Chimbetu and Cde Chinx were the only musicians to be recognised as provincial heroes.
It is widely believed that Cde Chinx might have missed on the National Hero’s Status owing to his links with former Vice President Joyce Mujuru who was expelled from Zanu-PF.