The bodies of the two national heroes Cde Peter Clever George Rutanhire and Mbuya Maud Muzenda are now in the capital ahead of burial tomorrow at the National Heroes Acre.
First to arrive was the body of the national heroine Mbuya Maud Muzenda which was accompanied by close relatives and the Masvingo Zanu PF leadership.
Mbuya Muzenda was described as a pillar of the family and a unifier.
The body of Cde George Rutanhire arrived after 4pm in the company of the Mashonaland Central leadership and relatives.
Manicaland Minister of State, Cde Mandi Chimene said the government must continue with Cde Rutanhire’s vision.
The body of Mbuya Muzenda will lie in state at her family home in Chisipite while Cde Rutanhire’s will lie in state at his home in Belvedere ahead of burial tomorrow.
Meanwhile, a church service was held for Cde Rutanhire at his Tizoro farm in Centenary.
The church service which was led by the Roman Catholic Priest Father Emmanuel Ribeiro was attended by hundreds of people who include Zanu PF supporters, legislators, provincial service chiefs, friends and relatives.
In his sermon, Father Ribeiro spoke highly of the commitment and supreme sacrifice made by Cde Rutanhire during the liberation struggle saying unity remains key in safeguarding the country sovereignty.
The church service was followed by a body viewing ceremony before Cde Rutanhire’s remains were airlifted to Harare before burial at the National Shrine tomorrow.
At the other hand, people from Gutu converged at Paradise Hotel grounds to bid farewell to the late national heroine, Mbuya Muzenda.
Politicians and ordinary people all concurred that Mbuya Muzenda contributed immensely to the upliftment of communities.
The name Mbuya Maud Muzenda became a household name in Gutu as she was a refuge for many in their times of need.
Though Mbuya Muzenda had 8 biological children, her door was always open for many orphans who she together with her late husband Dr Simon Vengai Muzenda assisted in various ways.
Tongai, the last born in the Muzenda family said his mother’s death will surely be felt by a lot of people in Gutu particularly in the Zvavahera area.
Addressing the mourners Tongai said his mother’s dedication to help communities will forever be cherished.
Gutu Central member of the house of assembly, Cde Lovemore Matuke said despite the constant harassment by Rhodesian forces, Mbuya Muzenda remained loyal to the values of the struggle.
The community was then afforded a chance to say its goodbyes through a body viewing ceremony before the body was flown back to Harare for burial tomorrow at the National Shrine.