President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described the late former Minister of Health and Special Advisor in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Timothy Stamps as a man of good character and many attributes, who touched and transformed the lives of many people through his generous heart and philanthropic work.
In a speech read on his behalf by Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa during a memorial service held at Celebration Centre in Harare this Wednesday morning, Cde Mnangagwa said Dr Stamps was a selfless person who had a place in his heart for everyone needed his attention.
It was the sending off of a national hero in a different way as the Stamps family chose to stick to their culture and traditions.
It was a huge gathering of Zimbabweans from diverse backgrounds and across the racial divide, far from the National Heroes Acre, brought together by the love and philanthropy of Dr Stamps.
Many described the gentle and soft spoken health genius in different ways, with some saying he was a physician, a philanthropist, a diplomat, a public health genius and a servant of the people.
“Dr Stamps belongs to a rare breed and that when he decided to come and settle in Zimbabwe, he was on a mission to contribute to the health delivery system in colonial Rhodesia with particular attention to the marginalised blacks. He drew closer to the black people who appreciated the good health services he provided in their communities and became heavily involved with developmental community projects,” said Cde Mnangagwa.
The President went on to describe the late national hero’s illustrious contribution to rebuild the country through mobilisation of resources for the construction of clinics and community hospitals in rural areas in conjunction with the Ministry of Health ultimately being elevated to be the Minister of Health.
Dr Stamps was also hailed for his ‘health for all by year 2000’ mantra and the de-stigmatisation of HIV and AIDS.
The memorial service began at 10.am with the casket being wheeled into the huge auditorium by a team from the Home Affairs and family members led by his widow.