Observers have accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of exhibiting traits of tribalism by failing to accord national hero status to the late legendary Zimbabwean playwright, actor and theatre director Cont Mhlanga.
Mhlanga died on Monday morning as confirmed by National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) Executive Director Nicholas Moyo.Mnangagwa granted the late founder of the Amakhosi Theatre Productions a State-assisted funeral before giving his family ZWL2,5 million (US$5 458 converted at the official exchange rate) for funeral expenses.
But observers believe that Mhlanga deserved to be a national hero.
Human rights defender Thandekile Moyo said denying Mhlanga the status showed that the Zanu-PF was administration was discriminating the people of Matebeleland.
“Cont Mhlanga was not declared a national hero, because he was not considered a hero by the government, and by people outside Matabeleland. This is an example of the marginalisation of Matabeleland. Of Institutional tribalism. It is such things that fuel the talks of secession,” she said.