ephraim masawi 28-07-10.jpgZANU-PF Deputy National Political Commissar, Cde Ephraim Masawi who died on Saturday morning has been declared a national hero.


The announcement was made by ZANU-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo after a Politburo meeting held in Harare on Tuesday.


Cde Gumbo said the decision was made after consideration of the late Cde Masawi’s consistency and unwavering stance in defence of Zimbabwe’s sovereignty.


Cde Masawi, who has been described by many as a ‘Man of the people’, died at the Avenues Clinic in Harare after suffering from blood cancer.


He will be buried at the National Heroes Acre on Thursday.



Meanwhile, some politicians have described the late Zanu PF Deputy National Political Commissar, Cde Ephraim Masawi as a simple, humble and hardworking man who was committed to the country’s independence and the overall well-being of Zimbabwe.

Several speakers said Cde Masawi never deviated from the cause of the struggle and that he worked tirelessly to safeguard the interests and goals of Zimbabwe.

They said despite Cde Masawi’s hardwork, he remained modest and was never power hungry.

Zanu PF Secretary for Women’s Affairs, Cde Oppah Muchinguri saluted the late Cde Masawi for the immense role he played in recruiting cadres for the battle front in the middle of enemy territory and for his part in the empowerment of the poorest of the poor as well as women after the struggle.

She said during his tenure as Governor and Resident Minister for Mashonaland Central, the late Cde Masawi contributed immensely to the empowerment of women by ensuring that they too benefitted from the land reform programme.

Bulawayo Governor and Resident Minister, Cde Cain Mathema said Cde Masawi was a man of the people who travelled across the country to explain to the grassroots the various empowerment programmes and the need to ensure that the principles of the struggle were preserved.