Even in death, life becomes a celebration of the exploits of the departed.

Acclaimed Irish writer William Wilde is quoted to have said, ‘to live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all’.

This morning Stodart Hall became the epicentre of a spectacle that many of the residents have become accustomed to, saying goodbye to a gallant son or daughter of the soil.

Mbare, a hub mainly associated with fruit and vegetables, the Matapi flats as well as the bus rank once again woke up to pay homage to the late Cde Shuvai Ben Mahofa.

As early as 8 in the morning mourners waited, hoping to get a glimpse of the proceedings began to form, as if in battle formation in front of Stodart Hall as they waited for the body to arrive.

For many others, it was time to be strategically positioned to get an eagle eye of the proceedings.

To pass the time popular Mbare Chimurenga Choir as they are well known for, sang their lungs out as they celebrated Cde Mahofa’s life in song.

When the music takes over there is certainly nothing that one can do except to let go and flow with the music as was the case with the Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Deputy Minister Abigail Damasane.

Not to be outdone were youths who also sang liberation songs.

In death, how well you got along with others comes to the fore and the who-is-who within government as well as those within the ruling party, Zanu PF were in attendance to pay their last respects to the national heroine.

At around 9 o’clock the hearse carrying the casket of the late national heroine arrived accompanied by close relatives.

Later, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko arrived and led the body viewing procession as mourners paid their last respects to the national heroine.

After the body viewing, the body of Cde Mahofa was taken to the national shrine for burial.