The late Zanu PF Midlands Province deputy chairperson Cde Kizito Chivamba has been laid to rest at the Gweru provincial shrine were relatives and friends described him as a cadre who remained loyal, focused and unwavering to the national cause.

Thousands of people from all walks of life  thronged Gweru provincial shrine to bid farewell to their hero Cde Chivamba who died at Gweru Provincial Hospital on Tuesday morning after a short illness.

The funeral of the late Cde Chivamba started early in the morning with a church service at Zion Christian Church (ZCC) Mutendi in Windsor Park Gweru.

After the church service, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa led the body viewing procession with ministers, government officials and relatives following behind.

The body was later taken to its final resting place at the Gweru provincial heroes acre.

Addressing mourners, Vice President Mnangagwa said many were still struggling to come to terms with the death of Cde Chivamba.

He lamented the death of Cde Chivamba saying the province and the nation had been robbed of one of those selfless and dedicated party cadres who stood firm in safeguarding the gains of the liberation struggle even when others were betraying the party.

Relatives and friends said they lost a unifying force who was always ready to assist others while those he worked with in Zanu PF said they had lost a loyal, humble and selfless party cadre who was instrumental in integrating students activism in the party which resulted in the formation of the first Zanu PF branch at the Midlands State University.

Cde Chivamba was born in 1958 in Zaka, Masvingo and joined Zanu PF in 1972 as a young activist.

From 1977 to 1979 he was trained as a mujibha in Bikita and campaigned for the first general election in 1979.

Cde Chivamba is survived by his wife and six children.