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by Staff Reporter
20 August 2017 | 4608 Views
Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Senator Shuvai Mahofa, who died last Sunday, will be buried at the National Heroes' Acre on today (Sunday).

Mahofa died at Makurira Memorial Clinic after battling poor health for a long time. She was 76.





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The soldiers did a gun salute as the casket is being lowered. · 20 August 2017
Vice President Mphoko is now leading in the laying of wreaths at Cde Mahofa's final resting place.

Body of late Mahofa being taken to final resting place. · 20 August 2017
Pall bearers are now taking the body of Cde Mahofa to its final resting place.

Mphoko challenges younger generation to follow in footsteps of people like Mahofa · 20 August 2017
“In the late Cde Mahofa, we saw a political cadre who was straight forward, and morally upright. She subordinated herself to the party leadership and embraced whole heartedly the work and assignments she was given. She hailed from a generation of principled cadres who never hesitated to make sacrifices for the people, sadly, hers is a generation which is bowing out of the stage to give way to the new generation of young cadres.”
He ends his speech.

'Well done daughter of the soil' - Mphoko · 20 August 2017
Mphoko said: "Well done daughter of the soil you played your part during your productive life. Go well mother of the soil. Hamba kahle! Qawe lamaqawe! Fambai zvakanaka!".

Mahofa became a war collaborator in the 1970s in Masvingo · 20 August 2017
Cde Mahofa became a war collaborator in the 1970s in Masvingo. Being a war collaborator demanded as much courage, bravery, discipline, and vision as a trained guerilla combatant. She worked in cahoots with the late Dr Simon Muzorewa to ensure that medical provision, clothes, food and other accessories were received in the war front.

"I am told that in turn, comrades trained her how to handle an array of weapons as she was responsible for coordinating the carriage of weapons" - VP Mphoko

VP Mphoko chronicles the journey travelled by Cde Mahofa in politics from as far back as 1959.

VP Mphoko expresses his heartfelt condolences · 20 August 2017
On behalf of the people of Zimbabwe, VP Mphoko has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Mahofa family on this sad loss.

"She was with us in the last Politburo meeting and her death took is all by surprise. The sad development was further compounded by her passing on, on the very day were scheduled to commemorate National Heroes Day." - Mphoko

VP Mphoko · 20 August 2017
"As many of us are aware, she has not been well for some time but she was showing positive signs of good recovery to the extent that she was participating very actively in all of her party and government activities with her usual zeal and enthusiasm she was known for."

VP Mphoko · 20 August 2017
"We are gathered here to lay to rest a gallant daughter of the soil. Mwana wevhu/umtwanenhlabathi," says VP Mphoko.

Dr Chombo has invited VP Mphoko to address the mourners. · 20 August 2017


Public Address system thunders with Reverend Chivaviro's Ebenezer song · 20 August 2017
As he concludes his speech and leaves the podium to take his seat, the Public Address system thunders with Reverend Chivaviro's Ebenezer song. Chivaviro is the late Cde Shuvai Mahofa's maiden name.

Mahofa joined politics in 1963 · 20 August 2017
Cde Mahofa joined politics in 1963 and never looked back in fighting for the liberation of this country. At independence, she was elected Councillor for Tirizi Ward 20. Hubert says his grandmother's commitment to serving the party has never been questionable. She served as deputy ministers in several portfolios.

According to Hubert, Cde Mahofa was a Barcelona FC fan who adored Lionel Messi and also a huge fan of his niece, Reverend Chivaviro of the Ebenezer hit song.

Mahofa joined politics in 1963 · 20 August 2017
Cde Mahofa joined politics in 1963 and never looked back in fighting for the liberation of this country. At independence, she was elected Councillor for Tirizi Ward 20. Hubert says his grandmother's commitment to serving the party has never been questionable. She served as deputy ministers in several portfolios.

According to Hubert, Cde Mahofa was a Barcelona FC fan who adored Lionel Messi and also a huge fan of his niece, Reverend Chivaviro of the Ebenezer hit song.

Representative of the Mahofa family · 20 August 2017
Dr Chombo has invited a representative of the Mahofa family to address mourners. Hubert Mahofa, grandson to the late Cde Mahofa thanks everyone who made time to bid farewell to his grandmother. He thanks President Mugabe for bestowing heroine's status to Cde Shuvai Mahofa. Hubert Mahofa chronicles Cde Shuvai Mahofa's life narrating her journey from birth, schools she attended, marriage and courses she did as she grew up.

Revelations 14 verse 13 · 20 August 2017
Today's scripture comes from Revelations 14 verse 13 and it goes like: I heard the voice from heaven saying, "Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow. The Reverend says he has no doubt that Cde Mahofa died in the Lord and as such, her good works follow her and speak volumes.

Rev Mutsotso thanks Mugabe · 20 August 2017
He starts by thanking President Mugabe, the ruling party Zanu PF and the government for bestowing the national hero status upon Mahofa.

Rev Dr Mutsotso: · 20 August 2017
The Mahofa family representative, Hubert Mahofa the grandson of the late national hero Cde Mahofa is now giving his speech.

A choir is now entertaining mourners here.

Reverend Dr Mutsotso is now on the podium.

Chombo addressing mourners · 20 August 2017
Director of ceremonies and Home Affairs Minister, Dr Ignatious Chombo is now on the podium and has invited Reverend Dr Rangarirai Mutsotso of the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe to lead with the prayer.

The Gun Carriage took Mahofa to her final resting place · 20 August 2017


Tomb of the unknown soldier · 20 August 2017
The body of the late national heroine is now placed on the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Body of Mahofa arrives at the National Heroes Acre · 20 August 2017
The body of Mahofa has arrived at the National Heroes Acre in the capital.

Scenes at Stodart Hall · 20 August 2017


Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is now leads the body viewing ceremony. · 20 August 2017
Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is now leads the body viewing ceremony.

VP Mphoko also attending burial of Shuvai Ben Mahofa · 20 August 2017
Some senior government officials and ministers follow proceedings here awaiting the body viewing ceremony of the late national heroine Cde Shuvai Ben Mahofa.

Scenes at Stodart Hall · 20 August 2017


Scenes at Stodart Hall · 20 August 2017


Also attending burial · 20 August 2017
Letina Undenge who is wife to Energy and Power Development Minister, Dr Samuel Undege has arrived.

Youths marching and dancing here at Stodart · 20 August 2017


Home Affairs Minister, Dr Ignatious Chombo and Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa are also part of the mourners in Mbare

Shamu arrives at the shrine with wife · 20 August 2017
Webster Shamhu and his wife

ZRP Choir performing Apostolic songs · 20 August 2017
The police band and Reverend Togarepi Chivaviro set the stage alight with their performances.

Also attending burial · 20 August 2017
Speaker of parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda and his deputy Marble Chinomona are also here.

Dignitaries attending Mahofa burial · 20 August 2017
Among the dignitaries so far Chief Charumbira, and Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri have arrived here at the Stodart Hall in Mbare.

Great Zimbabwe University Students at Mahofa burial at the National Shrine. · 20 August 2017


Scenes at Stodart Hall in Mbare · 20 August 2017


Scenes at Stodart Hall in Mbare · 20 August 2017


Mahofa's bo9dy arriving at Stodart Hall in Mbare · 20 August 2017
The body of the late national heroine Shuvai Ben Mahofa has arrived at the Stodart Hall in Mbare.


Source: ZBC

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