Vet­eran Zanu PF politi­cian Chitima laid to rest

The Manica Post - - Local News - Free­dom Mu­tanda and Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Cor­re­spon­dents

THOU­SANDS of mourn­ers in­clud­ing the First Lady, Amai Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa, thronged the Chitima home­stead in Chipinge to pay their last re­spects to pro­vin­cial hero­ine Cde Alice Chitima nee Mutema who died on Satur­day af­ter a short ill­ness.

She was 78.

Cde Chitima was de­clared a pro­vin­cial hero and buried at the Chipinge District Heroes Acre amid pomp and fan­fare.

Speaker af­ter speaker spoke about how the late Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­ber helped the poor and the dis­ad­van­taged.

Zanu PF na­tional chair­man Cde Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri, said she was grieved by the pass­ing on of a lead­ing light who lost her daughter in the strug­gle but con­tin­ued to hold the party dear to her heart.

“Mbuya Chitima worked with the likes of Cde Wil­liam Ndan­gana and Cde Kumbi­rai Kan­gai in the 1970s. She was now part of our fam­ily as a party. Her daughter, Chenyu, was a friend dur­ing the strug­gle al­though she didn’t come back from the war. She dis­ap­peared somewhere in Harare. From then on, I took Mbuya Chitima as my mother. Cde Chitima was down to earth and it is my hope my sis­ter, Dorothy, will take that paragon of hu­mil­ity as her model,” she said.

Cde Muchin­guri said the late hero­ine was the long­est serv­ing Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­ber who served for 18 con­ser­va­tive years.

The party’s Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial chair­man Cde Mike Madiro, thanked the de­parted hero­ine as an or­gan­iser and lover of sta­bil­ity in the party.

“Cde Chitima was a great or­gan­iser and she helped Air Chief Mar­shal Muchena on his way to Mozam­bique. She is cred­ited with break­ing the ZANU Ndonga mo­nop­oly in the district along­side Cde Mor­ris Sak­abuya dur­ing his time as a District Ad­min­is­tra­tor. Thus, let’s dis­card fac­tion­al­ism to pre­serve her legacy,” he said.

The First Lady, Cde Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa said the party had lost a true cadre.

She said she was hum­bled to have known Cde Chitima as her deeds made her a hero­ine in the eyes of many peo­ple.

“Her track record is rich. She was a hands-on per­son. She was an ex­am­ple to many young peo­ple. She has left a legacy of hard work and brav­ery,” she said.

How­ever, the burial had its fair share of trou­bles af­ter fam­ily mem­bers chased away ri­val party mem­bers whom they blamed for the pass­ing on of the late hero­ine.

This fol­lows the chaotic Chipinge Cen­tral pri­mary elec­tions which were sub­se­quently aborted in which the late hero­ine’s daughter Cde Dorothy Mabika was one of the con­tes­tants.

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