The body of the late national heroine Cde Thokozile Mathuthu is expected to arrive in the coal-mining town of Hwange tomorrow morning with hundreds of people from the province set to throng the Colliery Stadium for the church service.

The Zanu PF Hwange district leadership said it has made the necessary arrangements to make sure that the former deputy secretary for Women’s Affairs gets a befitting send off.

Matabeleland North Zanu PF Secretary for Tourism in the Women’s League Cde Shelly Mlotshwa said the entire province is pleased with the honour given to the late national heroine and appealed to all patriotic citizens to come in their numbers to say goodbye to a woman who has been described as a unifier and hardworking cadre.

“Tomorrow is certainly a big day for us as we will get the chance as Hwange district to say goodbye to a woman who was passionate about women empowerment and transformation of the resource rich province,” she said.

Family representative Mr Norman Silela said the Mathuthu’s feel greatly honoured by the conferment of the national heroine status on Cde Mathuthu and thanked the party for the support during the difficult time. 

“We are happy with the respect that has been shown to Mai Mathuthu and we are looking forward to the church service here in Hwange and the send-off scheduled for tomorrow,” he said.

The body of the late national heroine will leave the capital city Harare for Hwange Thursday (tomorrow) morning where a church service will be held at the Colliery Stadium.

The body will lie in state at the late’s Mpumalanga residence in Hwange before it leaves for Bulawayo on Friday where another church service will be held at White City Stadium.

The former Matabeleland North governor will be buried at the National Shrine in Harare on Sunday.