The late Minister of State for Masvingo, Cde Shuvai Mahofa, who died in the early hours of Monday and was declared a national heroine, will be laid to rest on Sunday.
Politburo member Cde Josiah Hungwe told ZBC News that Cde Mahofa’s body will lie in state at her house in Rhodene tonight.
Tomorrow, the body will be flown to Gutu Mupandawana where it will lie in state on Friday night.
On Saturday, the body will be flown to Harare after a church service is held at the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe at Mupandawana Growth Point, in preparation for burial on Sunday.
“Nhasi vanovata pano , muMasvingo , mangwa voinda kwa Gutu. Saturday voinda Harare. Sunday vochengetedzwa. (She will lie in state here today then tomorrow the body will be taken to Gutu. On Saturday it will be taken to Harare before burial on Sunday),” said Cde Hungwe.
Earlier on, Home Affairs Minister who is also Zanu PF Secretary for Administration Dr Ignatius Chombo who visited the Mahofa residence to pay his condolences and assist with burial arrangements told the late Cde Mahofa’s family that the decision to accord her national heroine status was a unanimous one, as she contributed significantly during the war of liberation where she served as a war collaborator, popularly known as chimbwido.
He said after independence, Cde Mahofa also worked hard to serve the nation in her various government posts.
“It’s a great loss to the nation. She was very efficient in getting tasks done. She was very also very honest and would tell you the truth, not what you want to hear,” Dr Chombo said.
Zanu PF Women’s League Secretary for Administration, Cde Letina Undenge also delivered a condolence message to the Mahofa family on behalf of the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe, who is the Women’s League Secretary.
She said Cde Mahofa’s death has dealt a major blow to the women’s league as she was a hard worker.
“She was loyal to the party. She also taught us love. We are happy that she has been declared a national heroine,” said Cde Undenge.
Mr Pascal Mahofa, son to the late national heroine, expressed gratitude to President Robert Mugabe and the Zanu PF party for according her national heroine status.
“Toda kutenda province, President, pamwe chete nebato rese zvaro re Zanu PF nezvavatitira izvi. (We are grateful to the province, President Mugabe and the entire party for bestowing such honour on our mother),” he said.
Cde Mahofa was born on 4 April 1941 in Chivi.
She is survived by 4 children, 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grand children.