The First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe has paid tribute to the role played by war veteran, composer and performer of revolutionary songs, Cde Dick Chinx Chingaira during the second Chimurenga and after independence.

Speaking at the Chingaira family home in Mabelreign, Harare today where she had gone to pay her condolences, Dr Mugabe said Cde Chinx found expression in music and helped to inspire Zimbabweans during the struggle and after independence.

She conveyed a condolence message from the President, Cde Robert Mugabe, saying he is indeed deeply grieved by the death of Cde Chinx.

“Cde Chinx was good at what he did and his musical compositions were a morale booster to those who were at the front as well as the masses and the message in his songs brought hope and inspiration during the struggle and even after independence,” Dr Mugabe said.

She also paid tribute to the Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) Chairperson, Mr Joseph Myadzayo for coming up with the idea to honour Cde Chinx while he was alive.

She also called on law enforcement agencies to descend heavily on people who are into piracy as they are depriving musicians by reaping where they did not sow.

Jah Prayzah among mourners

Dr Mugabe noted that the only way to repay the sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives during the protracted struggle for independence is to remain united as one people.

She also urged the Chingaira family to protect and guard jealously the legacy left by their father by remaining united.

Sulumani Chimbetu also at the Chingaira home

Other mourners included the Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Cde Thokozile Mathuthu who is also Dr Mugabe’s deputy in the Politburo, Zanu PF Deputy National Political Commissar Cde Omega Hungwe, Central Committee member and ZILWACO National Chairperson Cde Pupurai Togarepi and his deputy who is also central committee member Cde Josephine Gandiya.

Musicians; Jah Prayzah, Sulumani Chimbetu and Pastor Haisa were also at the Chingaira family home.

Seg performing at his father’s funeral

Cde Chinx’s son, Seg, who is following in his father’s footsteps, performed some of his father’s hits and the young man is indeed a replica of his father and his dance moves reminded mourners of what Cde Chinx was best known for.

Meanwhile, the First Family has contributed some groceries for use during the funeral.