The body of the late Gogo Msika has been taken from the funeral parlour at One Commando Barracks in Harare this Tuesday afternoon to begin her last journey which ends at the National Heroes Acre in Harare this Thursday the 28th.
The late widow of former Vice President Joseph Msika, Gogo Maria Musika’s last journey began with the body being flown to Kanyemba Secondary School in Chiweshe by Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopters, where it was received by Zanu PF Mashonaland Central Provincial Chairman, Cde Dickson Mafios, who was accompanied by provincial service chiefs and Zanu PF supporters.
From Kanyemba Secondary School, the funeral procession proceeded to Gogo Msika’s rural home at Nyariri village were hundreds were gathered to give her a resounding send off.
In his eulogy, Cde Mafios described the death of Gogo Msika as a sad chapter in the history of the country.
Family representative, Mr Columbus Msika thanked the government for honouring the Msika family by conferring national heroine status to Gogo Msika.
After the body viewing, Gogo Msika’s body was flown back to Harare enroute to Bulawayo, where it will lie in state at the family’s Matsheamhlope home.
In Bulawayo, the body was received by the Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo, Cde Absolom Sikhosana, top law enforcement officials from Bulawayo, close family relatives and scores of Zanu PF supporters.
Wednesday morning, a church service will be held at the Large City Hall at 9.am and members of the public and relatives will have an opportunity to say their farewells before the body is returned to Harare to prepare for burial on Thursday at the national shrine.
The body will also lie in state at the Msika home at number 11, Nigel Lane in Highlands before being transported to Stodart Hall in Mbare and the National Heroes Acre for burial on Thursday.
Grandson, Mr Shava said Gogo Msika was among the pioneers of blackwomen’s empowerment.
The body was accompanied a representative of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Stanley Goredema, the late Gogo Msika’s grandchildren and sister, Debbie Matumo who travelled ahead the rest of the Matumo family which received the body in Bulawayo.
Gogo Msika was described as one of the rare women of the struggle who sacrificed as lot to support her husband and the struggle for independence.