The late former legislator for Hurungwe West, Cde Cecelia Gwachiwa, who died on Wednesday and was declared a provincial heroine, was laid to rest this Saturday at her Ceres farm near Karoi.

Presenting a citation of the heroine’s biography, Mashonaland West Governor, Cde Faber Chidarikire, said Cde Gwachiwa joined the liberation struggle in 1977 and received military training in Mozambique.

Cde Gwachiwa worked in the then Local Government and Town Planning Ministry after independence before joining the Central Intelligence Organisation, where she worked between 1989 and 2004.

She was elected Member of Parliament for Hurungwe West in 2005 until 2008.

Speaking during the late heroine’s burial, Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Cde Webster Shamu, described Cde Gwachiwa as a party cadre who wanted to see unity prevail in the party.

Cde Shamu took the occasion to warn party members of the presence in their midst of imperialist agents and remnants of Rhodesians who still cannot understand that Zimbabwe is an independent country under the leadership of blacks.

Acting Zanu PF provincial chairman for Mashonaland West, Cde Reuben Marumahoko, said in Cde Gwachiwa’s death, Zanu PF has lost one of its pillars.

Cde Gwachiwa is survived by four children.