The Zanu-PF Province of Bulawayo has submitted an application to have Cde Joshua Teke Malinga conferred with national hero status. Malinga passed away on Friday at the age of 79 after battling prostate cancer at his home in Bulawayo. He had most recently served as a special advisor to the President as well as a member of Zanu-PF’s Politburo.
Archibold Chiponda, the provincial secretary for information, said a letter requesting national hero status for Malinga was drafted over the weekend and is expected to be sent to party headquarters today. Senior party members in Bulawayo expressed confidence that Malinga will receive this honor due to his lifetime of service to both the nation and Zanu-PF.
Malinga overcame difficulties early in life, becoming paralyzed from polio at age two. He received an education thanks to the support of his brother and late national hero Naison Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu. Malinga went on to have a very successful career in business and public service. He served two terms as Mayor of Bulawayo from 1993 to 1996 and helped beautify the city.
Throughout his life, Malinga advocated passionately for the rights of persons with disabilities both in Zimbabwe and internationally. He served on numerous disability boards and was also president of a United Nations body focused on disability issues. Members of Zanu-PF praised Malinga for his objectivity, bravery in speaking on important issues, and dedication to improving conditions for all Zimbabweans regardless of ability.
Vice President Kembo Mohadi expressed condolences to Malinga’s family, remembering his commitment to advocating for the disabled. Malinga is survived by his wife, 10 children, and grandchildren. Mourners continue gathering to pay respects to a man who overcame adversity to achieve great things and empower others.