Msipa fam­ily happy with burial place

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

THE fam­ily of the late na­tional hero, Cde Cephas Geroge Msipa, has said it is hon­oured to have him buried at the Na­tional He­roes’ Acre in Harare to­mor­row.

Ad­dress­ing mourn­ers at the fam­ily home­stead at Si­boza Vil­lage in Zvisha­vane yes­ter­day, the late na­tion­al­ist’s brother, Mr Obert Msipa, said while there were ar­eas of dis­agree­ment re­gard­ing the burial of his brother, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe had con­vinced the fam­ily to have him in­terred at the na­tional shrine.

“We thank the Govern­ment for the honour be­stowed on our brother. We are happy that he will be buried at the Na­tional He­roes’ Acre in Harare on Satur­day (to­mor­row). Yes you might have read in the papers of some dis­agree­ments that were there but Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe showed us the way. Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said it was not pos­si­ble for Cde Msipa to be buried away from his fel­low com­rades,” he said.

“Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said his fel­low com­rade; his for­mer room­mate when they were still bach­e­lors, could not be buried “mubako” (in a cave)”.

Mr Obert Msipa said Cde Msipa, Cde Mu­gabe and Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa shared a house in Zvisha­vane when they were still young.

He said they were very close and that con­nec­tion could not be sev­ered by death.

“Thus Cde Msipa would be buried at the He­roes’ Acre with other na­tional he­roes.

“Yes we had our views, yes we thought he could be buried in Gweru but that is not the case now and we are happy with what Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said. So I thank you all for com­ing in num­bers to see our brother off to the Na­tional He­roes’ Acre,” Obert said.

The Min­is­ter of State for Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs in the Mid­lands prov­ince, Cde Ja­son Machaya, said he had been tasked by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to take Cde Msipa’s body to the prov­ince for the peo­ple to say their farewells.

Cde Mu­gabe, the pro­vin­cial min­is­ter said, de­clared that even if Cde Msipa was de­clared a na­tional hero, his body was sup­posed to come to Zvisha­vane so that his peo­ple would say good­bye.

“Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said we should bring him here so that you bid him farewell. At the same time we are giv­ing the fam­ily mem­bers an op­por­tu­nity to do their tra­di­tions, if any, be­fore his body is buried in Harare,” Cde Machaya said.

Speak­ers de­scribed the late trade union­ist as a uni­fier, a hard worker and a man of the peo­ple who had a pas­sion for de­vel­op­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

The Deputy Min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion, Cde Larry Mavhima, said the CG Msipa Schol­ar­ship would go on as­sist­ing the less-priv­i­leged stu­dents in the coun­try.

“Let me as­sure you that the CG Msipa Schol­ar­ship will not stop pay­ing fees for its ben­e­fi­cia­ries. It is a reg­is­tered trust and will con­tinue sup­port­ing pupils through­out the coun­try,” he said.

Zanu-PF Mid­lands Prov­ince deputy chair­per­son, Cde Daniel Ncube, said the prov­ince had been hon­oured to have the na­tional hero sta­tus be­stowed on Cde Msipa.

Polit­buro mem­ber Cde July Moyo said the first in­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions in the coun­try were or­gan­ised by Cde Msipa.

He said Cde Msipa — a hard worker of re­pute — was de­ter­mined to see progress in the coun­try. “This is a great day for us as we come to­gether to honour our gallant son. We will for­ever be grate­ful for the work he did for the com­mu­nity and coun­try at large,” Cde Moyo said.

After a church ser­vice at his home­stead in Si­boza and at Man­dava Sta­dium — there was time for body view­ing.

The body was later flown to Gweru where his body was to lie in state at his house at num­ber 57 Kopje sub­urb.

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