Minister David Coltart calls for halls of fame

David Coltart

EDUCATION minister David Coltart says there is need to set up halls of fame for artistes, cultural and sports icons as a way of honouring them.

Report by Khanyile Mlotshwa

December28, 2012

in NewsDay

Contributing to the debate sparked by the failed bid to declare the late soccer star Adam Ndlovu a hero, Coltart wrote on the social network Facebook that the country should honour its celebrated citizens during their lifetime.

“The main point I made when speaking at Adam Ndlovu’s funeral was that we need to devise a policy to honour sportspersons during their lifetime,” the minister said.

“The same of course goes for our artistic and cultural icons as well. The United States has Halls of Fame, the United Kingdom awards knighthoods, why not Zimbabwe?”

Deputy Prime Minister and MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe’s request to have Ndlovu declared a national hero was turned down.

Speaking at the burial of the late Nketa MP Seiso Moyo on Monday, Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo also took the opportunity to contribute to the heroism debate in the country.

“What will happen to the heroes’ issue when all nationalists have died?,” he asked. “The truth is that you (nationalists) will die. What is amazing is the question of heroes in this country. A hero should be someone who sacrificed for the nation at the expense of the family.

“But in this country, the tragedy is that we have a homegrown dictionary that gives us a definition of a hero as someone who went to a war, which is unfortunate. Don’t be surprised tomorrow when the young generation closes the Heroes’ Acre because the nationalists have failed to define the right path on the issue.”



20 Responsesto “Minister David Coltart calls for halls of fame”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The heroes` acre is for Mugabe and his looters. When he dies we are going to name it zero`s acre and bulldoze all the graves of these thieves and start our own true heroes` acre.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      It is individuals who have at some stage made the Ingutchen mental institution their residential home, who harbour the view of destroying a national monument. Of course, the law will take its course in arresting such individuals and let them prove themselves that at the time offence was committed they were suffering from a mental illness. If not, they will simply be incarcerated on jail. Ndikokuranga mapenzi seranyora izvi.

      • Yepec says:

        As if one more time, is not many, you are off course on your meaning here of a national hero. What we have at the Warren Park Hills, is a burial place for Zanu PF and it is time that the Party adopted an appropriate name by which to call it. Despite your illogical claims and fury, you cannot change the feelings of Zimbabweans.

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          This burial site has always and will at all times be referred to as a national monument for Zimbabwe. And being a national monument, only those who have shown outstanding and extraordinary work during their life time, will be buried there. Quite frankly, the late Adam Ndlovu was not an outstanding and extraordinary football player to be accorded the status of a national hero.
          And remember this at all times that you do not represent the views and feelings of Zimbabweans. Zimbabweans are not as gullible as you want us to believe. They are intelligent and enlightened people who know what they want.

          • Anonymous says:

            A national monument that houses mostly Zanu PF thugs The good persons buried there can be counted on ones fingers they must be turning in their graves

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Your views can only be described as Utopian. I therefore have not time to argue with a confirmed idiot who has no respect for our national shrine or monument. As a white man who was our previous master, you can not appreciate the importance of our Heroes Acre.

          • Yepec says:

            As said before, your views represent those of a drunken person in a stupor. Zimbabweans had no before?. It took people from North Korea to create them and the “National Heroes Acre” for Zanu PF and the War Veterans? The case of bankruptcy on your part has already been established. What you are doing here is mumbling to yourself a clear sign of a mentally deranged person

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            This is the height of idiocy and ignorance when people like you think North Korea imposed its will on Zimbabweans to build the national shrine. Chikoro chishoma baba. I will not waste my time arguing with you from now on.

          • GBZ says:

            YESSSSS is that a promise? Maybe you would stay off the threads so sane people can dialogue and you go swing in the trees like a good Chimp!! Good boy now, off you go!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Oh gosh, no, no, Ahh this is interesting to note an idiot trying to silence a well polished and schooled man as Chimbwido Warvet. How possible is that?

          • EASY
            One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ can beat teamwork.look at mugabe and zanu pf

          • Anonymous says:

            How do you base your assertion that I am white. Even if it were to be so so what you black moron

          • I love the way as soon as anybody disagrees with a zanu propagandist the race card is pulled

          • THEN why dont you close your mouth and let us decide , take your own advice ..Zimbabweans are not as gullible as you want us to believe. They are intelligent and enlightened people who know what they want.And remember this at all times that you do not represent the views and feelings of Zimbabweans

      • GBZ says:

        Chimbwido Warvet dumbu•4 days ago

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        It is individuals LIKE ME (CHIMPY IDIOTVET) who have at some stage made the Ingutchen mental institution their residential home, who harbour the view of destroying a ZANU PF monument. Of course, OUR CIO will take its course in arresting CHIMPY individuals and let them prove themselves that at the time offence was committed CHIMPS was suffering from HIS REGULAR mental illness. If not, CHIMPS will simply be incarcerated on jail. You really are a joke Chimpy!

    • Gwaya says:

      It is better NOT to be buried at that place honestly. Later generations will view that place with controversy. When party pf blood dies that place will die with it.

  2. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    Declaring the late Adam Ndlovu a national hero for just kicking the ball. Are you kidding me? This Minister should be out of his mind. Give me a break guys because it is the height of stupidity and foolishness.

    • Anonymous says:

      Can you kick a ball besides carrying yours between your legs. Who is stupid?, are you talking about yourself. All you do is talk from your ass since you have nothing concrete to offer which has purpose.

  3. Anonymous says:

    But what. How many Zanus have been honouerd for their killing acts. It is you who is foolish for thinking honour comes from killing looting etc. The worl over pple are honouerd for excelence in different fields. Nobel prices being an example. Wait and see when the time comes heroes acre will be for every Zimbabwean who has done good for the country. Not just Zanu thieves and murderers