The late national heroine, former Minister of State for Matabeleland North Cde Thokozile Mathuthu has been described as a dedicated cadre who worked immensely for the development of the country during a church service held at Bulawayo’s Large City Hall this Friday.
The Bulawayo community converged at the Large City Hall to bid farewell to one of the country’s illustrious daughters, Cde Mathuthu.
The body of the late national heroine arrived at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Friday morning to a befitting heroine welcome by the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Dr Obert Mpofu, Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Cde Sithembiso Nyoni, politburo member Cde Absolom Sikhosana, Zanu PF Matabeleland North chairman Cde Richard Moyo, Senator Tambudzani Mohadi, service chiefs and some Zanu PF officials.
Addressing mourners during the church service, family members from the Gumbo family who carry the late national heroine’s maiden name and those from the Mathuthu family concurred that she has left a legacy that shall live forever.
Dr Mpofu, Senator Masuku and Zanu PF Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Chairman Professor Callistus Ndlovu, all said the void left by the late former Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services will be difficult to fill in and as such government and Zanu PF party have been left poorer by her departure.
Dr Mpofu led the mourners in body viewing as the province bid farewell to the national heroine.
The late national heroine’s body is now at One Commando Barracks in Harare accompanied by relatives, friends and senior government officials.
The body was received by Colonel Joseph Nyakudya who described the late national heroine as a hard working cadre who was ready to defend the nation.
Cde Mathuthu’s body will lie in state at One Commando Barracks before it is taken to the National Heroes Acre for burial on Sunday.