The body of the late national hero Dr Sikhanyiso Duke Ndlovu has arrived in Harare from Bulawayo for burial on Saturday at the National Heroes Acre.
Relatives, friends and senior government officials thronged the Harare International airport to receive the body of the late national hero.
His brother Simangaliso Ndlovu said his family has lost an icon who has contributed immensely to the Ndlovu family and the nation at large.
Mr Trynos Madzimure who worked closely with Dr Ndlovu said the national hero played a pivotal role in the establishment of universities in Zimbabwe.
From the airport, the body was taken to his home in Gunhill where a church service will be conducted before the body is taken to One Commando where it will lie in state.
Meanwhile, earlier a church service was held for the late Dr Ndlovu at his Sunninghill home in Bulawayo.
The people of Bulawayo came in their numbers to bid farewell to Dr Ndlovu fondly known as the Duke of Mpopoma.
The church service was presided over by bishops from the Lutheran Church where he was a member.
Uncle to the Late Dr Ndlovu, Mr Emman Mtengwa says the family is proud of the numerous contributions that he made in the political and education sectors.
“As a family tinodada nemabasa emwana wedu. Tinodada zvikuru nezvakaitira nyika yeZimbabwe (as a family we are proud of the works of our son Dr Ndlovu, we are proud of the service he offered to the nation),” said Mr Mtengwa.
The Duke of Mpopoma could have pursued other interests in his life as he was highly educated but the injustices that the black majority suffered at the hands of the white minority rule made him determined to fight for freedom, says historian and author, Saul Gwakuba Ndlovu.
"Even if you had your degree, you were a kaffir and not recognized in Rhodesia. Such things are what made people like him and many others join the liberation struggle,” Gwakuba Ndlovu said.
Zanu PF Bulawayo acting chairman Alderman Dennis Ndlovu expressed gratitude to Dr Ndlovu`s widow Dr Rose Ndlovu for supporting her husband in his political career while Minister of State for provincial affairs for Bulawayo province, Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo said Dr Ndlovu`s legacy in the education sector must continue.
Alderman Ndlovu said: “Siyabonga umama owasigcinela ubaba. Wayemkhusela kuyo yonke into (We thank his wife Dr Rose who supported him through and through).”
"We should ask ourselves as people, that what have we done in our life time? Dr Ndlovu added value to the education sector,” Cde Sandi Moyo said.
Dr Ndlovu will be buried tomorrow (Saturday) at the National Heroes Acre.