Pres­i­dent con­soles Mnan­gagwa fam­ily

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bureau Chief

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe has sent a con­do­lence mes­sage to the fam­ily of Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa fol­low­ing the death of Mr Philip Mnan­gagwa, the Vice Pres­i­dent’s brother.

Mr Mnan­gagwa (84) died on Tues­day at his ru­ral home in Shu­rugwi after a long bat­tle with di­a­betes and was buried yes­ter­day.

Ad­dress­ing hun­dreds of mourn­ers at the burial at Mr Mnan­gagwa’s plot in Shu­rugwi, Vice Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe had writ­ten a con­do­lence mes­sage to the fam­ily.

He said Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s con­do­lence let­ter will be given to the fam­ily.

“I got the mes­sage on the pass­ing on of my brother when I was in a Cab­i­net meet­ing on Tues­day. Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe on learn­ing of the sud­den death of my brother ex­cused me from the Cab­i­net meet­ing. He then wrote a con­do­lence let­ter to the fam­ily and the Gov­ern­ment also as­sisted with this fu­neral,” said the Vice Pres­i­dent.

VP Mnan­gagwa said his brother, who had be­come the se­cond el­dest son in the larger Mnan­gagwa fam­ily, was known to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“He was one of the peo­ple who stayed with the Pres­i­dent dur­ing the time he was a teacher at Mazvi­hwa Pri­mary School in Zvisha­vane. Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe wrote a let­ter be­cause he re­mem­bers him very well,” he said.

The Vice Pres­i­dent said his brother was po­lit­i­cally ac­tive in the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle while he was a teacher in Zim­babwe as well as in Zam­bia.

He said his brother was one of the three peo­ple who vis­ited him from the time he stood ac­cused of ter­ror­ism to the time he was sent to pri­son after be­ing sen­tenced to death for fight­ing colo­nial­ism.

“When I was ap­pear­ing in court, he came along with my mother to visit me. That time it was dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to visit me be­cause the colo­nial­ists would also la­bel them ter­ror­ists. But he turned a blind eye and came to sup­port me,” said VP Mnan­gagwa.

He urged the peo­ple to de­sist from amass­ing wealth with­out con­sid­er­ing where their souls will go when death meets them.

The VP said there was life after death which the peo­ple should pre­pare for.

“Also we must not judge each other. A sin is a sin no mat­ter how small. It is good to live a good life but we must pre­pare for the after life,” said the Vice Pres­i­dent.

The Min­is­ter of De­fence, Cde Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi, said Cab­i­net was griev­ing with the Mnan­gagwa fam­ily fol­low­ing the un­timely death of Mr Mnan­gagwa.

“We re­ceived the news while we were at­tend­ing a Cab­i­net meet­ing on Tues­day. We then de­cided to come and mourn with Vice Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa. As Gov­ern­ment and Cab­i­net we want to ex­press our heart­felt con­do­lences to the Mnan­gagwa fam­ily. May you find com­fort in the Lord,” he said.

Also present at the burial were Cab­i­net Min­is­ters and mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Mr Mnan­gagwa was born on Au­gust 23, 1932 in Zvisha­vane and passed away on the same day (Au­gust 23) in 2016 after a long ill­ness.

He was re­set­tled dur­ing the land re­form pro­gramme at Mavhu-Mashava area of Shu­rugwi.

Mr Mnan­gagwa is sur­vived by wife Mar­gret, seven chil­dren — four sons and three daugh­ters, 15 grand­chil­dren and two great grand­chil­dren. — @ pchi­tumba1

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