Former High Court Judge, Justice Simpson Victor Mutambanengwe who died on the 10th of this month in Namibia has been laid to rest in Manyengavana village in Mutare rural district.
Hundreds of people thronged the Mutambanengwe farm in Manyengavana village under Chief Zimunya to give a befitting send off to Justice Mutambanengwe.
Traditional leaders, government officials and war veterans, all came to bid their farewell.
Several speakers who included wife to the late former High Court Judge, Juliana Mutambanengwe spoke highly about the supreme sacrifices paid by the late in liberating the country, sentiments which were also echoed by son Victor Junior who described the late as a man full of unconditional love.
Zanu PF Manicaland provincial vice chairman, Cde Joseph Mujati said the history of Zimbabwe cannot be written to logical conclusion without mentioning the name Mutambanengwe.
The Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene said the late former High Court judge played a pivotal role during the liberation struggle, hence the government saw it fit to offer state assisted funeral.
The late Justice Mutambanengwe was born on the 9th of December in 1930 at Old Umtali Mission.
He served in the High Court of Zimbabwe and Namibia and was a former chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
He studied English and History at the University of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1959, he then studied law at the Inner Temple in London and became advocate in 1963.
During the liberation struggle he served as Zanu PF secretary for foreign affairs.
From 1979 he worked as a lawyer in independent Zimbabwe until 1986 when he was appointed High Court judge, before he was appointed to the Namibian High Court in 1994.