A church service for the late national hero and former Health Minister, Dr Timothy Stamps has been held at Celebration Centre in Harare today.

The body of Dr Stamps was accompanied to the venue by Home Affairs officials and family members.

Zimbabweans from different walks of life and former colleagues in government who included the Speaker of National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda, ministers Dr David Parirenyatwa, Dr Chris Mushowe, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, former Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Cde Abigail Damasane, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube, some representatives of the business community, health professionals, Ambassador Steward Combabach and other dignitaries formed the congregation that bade the late minister farewell.

Father Tiri Pete Aiken from the Presbeterian Church Northside gave a sermon, while the Dr Munyaradzi presided over the service.

A special tribute by the late Dr Stamps’ son, Kenyon on the piano and daughter-in-law, Talfan on the vocals in the song: ‘Because he Lives,’ left the congregation awestruck as many remembered the shared memories with late soft spoken Dr Stamps.

Speakers at the service concurred that the life of the late national hero is a life well lived as a physician, diplomat, humanitarian, and a servant of the people of Zimbabwe.

World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Zimbabwe, Dr David Okello said Dr Stamps was a well respected Minister of Health and the longest serving in that portfolio in Zimbabwe and Africa.

Dr Okello described him as public health giant, saying he was always candid on public health issues, especially on HIV and AIDS.