ephraim masawi in coffin 29-09-10.jpgThe body of the late national hero and Zanu-PF Deputy National Political Commissar, Cde Ephraim Masawi arrived at Pasango Farm in Bindura on Wednesday where it lay in state before burial at the National Shrine in Harare on Thursday.

The body, which was accompanied by the Zanu-PF National Political Commissar, Cde Webster Shamu, Mashonaland Central Zanu-PF  Provincial Chairman, Cde Dickson Mafios and close  family members was flown to Pasango Farm from his rural home in Musana communal lands.

In Musana, the body was met by Zanu-PF officials and the local community who converged at the Masawi homestead to pay their last respect to their son, man of the people and national hero.

On Thursday, the body will be ferried from Pasango Farm to Stoddart Hall in Mbare for viewing, after which it will be taken to the national shrine in Harare for burial. 

Earlier on Wednesday, the late national hero’s body was taken from a local parlour for a church service in Harare and in attendance were close family members, friends and senior party officials.

The family led the people in the body viewing ceremony before the departure of the body to One Commando Barracks for transportation to his rural home in Musana. 

Various speakers who attended the church service, including the Zanu-PF National Political Commissar, Cde Shamu, said Zimbabweans should draw lessons from the life and works of the departed hero who made unparalled contribution to the rejuvenation of the party at grassroots levels.

The Zanu-PF Provincial Chairman for Mashonaland Central province, Cde Mafios said the party has lost a vibrant leader who was a great mentor and political leader.

 

Son to the late national hero and Zanu-PF Deputy National Political Commissar, Mr. Johnson Masawi said the family has been robbed of a loving father.

 

Meanwhile, the Dzivarasekwa community says the death of the late ‘man of the people’ Cde Ephraim Masawi has robbed them of a man who had his constituency at heart and would shoulder people’s burdens as his own.

The community, where the late Cde Masawi once served as a legislator after the death of Cde Maurice Nyagumbo in 1989, said they are deeply pained by the death of a hero who had the people at heart and made great strides in developing his constituency.

“The Dzivarasekwa community is deeply pained because although Cde Masawi had moved from this constituency he did forget us. We are deeply saddened,” said one resident.

They said Cde Masawi worked closely with people especially the youth and instilled values in people that are difficult to forget. 
“He understood people’s problems as he was a man of the people,” added another.

Some of them said Cde Masawi was quickly whisked away from their constituency to become the legistator for Mbare as the party had observed that he was a remarkable man.

“The party re-deployed him to Mbare constituency after seeing his vibrancy although we still wanted to work with him. We have lost our hero here in Dzivarasekwa,” said another resident.

The late Cde Masawi who died on the 25th of September after battling with blood cancer, will be laid to rest at the national shrine on Thursday.