Gvt mourns Gogo Msika

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Sun­day Mail Re­porter

GOV­ERN­MENT is wait­ing for guid­ance from Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe on how to pro­ceed fol­low­ing the death of Gogo Maria Msika, widow to for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph Msika.

The Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices, Dr Christo­pher Mushohwe, said this in an in­ter­view with The Sun­day Mail af­ter pay­ing his con­do­lences at the Msika fam­ily home last night

“I know that the Pres­i­dent is trou­bled with the news of her pass­ing on,” Dr Mushohwe said.

“The news was con­veyed to him in New York and we are hop­ing to get more in­for­ma­tion from him on the way for­ward.

“We will hear in due course and then make the nec­es­sary fu­neral ar­range­ments.

“But for now, the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cabi­net will be in charge of all lo­gis­tics and fu­neral re­quire­ments,” he said.

Gogo Msika died at her Harare res­i­dence on Fri­day. Dr Mushohwe, who worked with the Msika fam­ily for many years, de­scribed the late Gogo Msika as a uni­fier.

“She was a cen­tral fig­ure in the Msika fam­ily who united ev­ery­one. I worked with her for many years when I was the direc­tor in charge of State res­i­dences, cater­ing for the well-be­ing of the Pres­i­dent and Vice Pres­i­dents.

“We had a very close re­la­tion­ship and even in the past few years when she had chal­lenges, I vis­ited her of­ten,” he said.

ZANU-PF na­tional spokesper­son Am­bas­sador Si­mon Khaya Moyo said: “The Pres­i­dent has been in­formed and we only wait for fur­ther ad­vice from the Head of State and Gov­ern­ment.

“As soon as we have any in­for­ma­tion we will let the na­tion know.”

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the Msika fam­ily said Gogo Msika played her part in help­ing her hus­band dur­ing the fight for in­de­pen­dence.

“Maria’s life in­ex­tri­ca­bly dove­tailed to that of her hus­band. There was no way she could escape the rigours, tri­als and tribu­la­tions of her hus­band’s anti-colo­nial ac­tivism,” read part of the state­ment.

The fam­ily said at one time, Gogo Msika was a vic­tim of grenade at­tacks.

“There is one out­stand­ing in­ci­dent which oc­curred in 1977 when she was a vic­tim of two grenade at­tacks in her bed- room at Pe­land­aba, Bu­l­awayo,” stated the fam­ily.

“We later on con­cluded that the cause of the at­tack was a state­ment which her hus­band had is­sued in Lusaka where he was lead­ing the armed strug­gle as Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of ZAPU.

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa has since paid his con­do­lences.

He said he had sub­mit­ted a de­tailed re­port to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe who is in New York at­tend­ing the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly.

The late Msika cou­ple was sur­vived by chil­dren Dr Wil­fred Msika, Bert­inha, Lewis (all late) and Lu­cia, Shel­ton and Maxwell as well as eight grand­chil­dren and 10 great-grand­chil­dren.

Mourn­ers are gath­ered at No. 11 Nigel Lane, High­lands, Harare.

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