National hero Absolom Sikhosana will be buried tomorrow at the National Heroes Acre in Harare after a memorial service which is being held at White City Stadium in Bulawayo now.
In attendance are senior Zanu-PF officials including national political commissar Cde Victor Matemadanda, Politburo Member Cde Angeline Masuku, acting Zanu-PF secretary for youth affairs Cde Tendai Chirau among other senior party leaders
His body lay in state at his residence in Nkulumane suburb yesterday night following his death last Friday at the United Bulawayo Hospitals.
This morning, Sikhosana’s body was flown to his farm in Inyathi.
Leading to his death the National hero died a poor man,failing to even buy his own medication.
The family members, who declined to be named, said well-wishers bought medication and had him transferred to a decent ward shortly before he succumbed to prostate cancer at United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) on Friday.
“Sikhosana was admitted on Monday and he spent three days without treatment because the hospital had no drugs. He could not manage to buy the prescribed medication because he did not have money or medical aid,” the family source said.
The female family member said Sikhosana claimed to have been dumped by his colleagues in Zanu PF.
“He was admitted in Forrester ward, a common ward for all-male patients. He was only helped by a Bulawayo party leader and businessman who requested his transfer to a private ward. Even his medication came two days before his death after intervention from elsewhere. He died drained and a pauper,” she said.
The source said the late politburo member’s remains were only collected from the mortuary by a private funeral company after government declared him a national hero.
“It was so disheartening for such a big name to die in that way after all he did for the country and party,” the source said.