Updates by Thembinkosi Mangena and Janet Munyaka


End of live blog

12:55 – President concludes speech.

12:53 – “Ava vanoda kukanganisa nyika kuti vanhu vapandukire hurumende hakuna kwavanosvika, tinemaziso hatisati tava mapofu tinenge tichiona kuti idzi itsoro dzirikutambwa,” said Cde Mugabe.

12:52 – “Kwanhasi ndakati zete pachiri ngativei nemaziso akavhurika masikati nehusiku kuchengetedza chigaro ichocho. Toda kuti gogo vozoti kana vasangana nemurume wavo vavati nanhasi chigaro tichirinacho.”

12:49 – “ndovaya vakataurwa naJesu pa last supper kuti vandinodya navo ndovachandipandukira. Vana Judas Iscariot varipo pakati pedu. Ivavo kongativadzukureika, tivanyadzise. Ivavo ndovanoda kuti kudzipurwe hurumende, kuuye vamwe. President vabve pachigaro. Ko ini chigaro ichi handina kuita zvekubvuta, ndakachipiwa nevanhu, ndechervabnhu saka handidi nacho.”

12:47 – President castigates some people who was bent on destabilizing the country by triggering sudden price hikes and creating artificial shortages of commodities. He says the culprits are ‘some of us.’

12:39 – He says from Gogo Msika, ‘we learn the spirit of sacrifice, and that of love of the family.’

12:29 – President Mugabe calls for patriotism and unity among Zimbabweans. “Tingasiyana mafungiro ne zvimwewo asi mashandiro edu ngaanangagane nezvinangwa zvedu zvenyika. Kushanda kwedu ngakuve kunoratidza kubatana. Takatanga tiri Zapu neZanu asi takaona kuti kubatana kwakakosaha. We are inseparable, we are all bound together because we all belong to this geographic entity called Zimbabwe. We are equal as the children of the country, we are now free in Zimbabwe as we are no longer Rhodesia.”

12:22 – Cde Mugabe says he first knew the late Vice President Msika when he was teaching at Hope Fountain in Bulawayo and when Cde Msika was not yet married. He adds that Cde Msika loved soccer and was a staunch supporter of Mashonaland United football club which had a strong rivalry with Highlanders.

12:19 – Cde Mugabe says Gogo Msika falls in the league of the likes of Gogo Mzenda and other wives of nationalists buried at the national shrine. “Nhoroondo yavo inhoroondo yevarume vavo. Zvaiita varume vavo ndozvavaiitawo vachivatsigira varikumba.”

12:10 – He thanks Bishop Chad Gandiya for the word from 2nd Corinthians which implores people not to fear death but to know that human flesh is not immortal. He adds that people must live with the knowledge that their time of death shall come.

12:09 – President Mugabe takes to the podium to address mourners.

12:01 – He describes Gogo Msika as ‘not just a mother to us,’ ‘but to a host of young children who thronged our home to look for help on various things.”

12.00 – Mr Msika says his mother passed on five days after he suffered a fractured hip bone as a result of a freak fall.

11:58 – According to Maxwel, in 1977, the Msika home in Pelandaba was petrol bombed and Gogo Msika survived the attack.

11:56 – Mr Msika recounts how his mother was harassed and detained at various stations in Bulawayo as way of trying to force the late Vice President Joseph to come out of hiding and return from the liberation struggle. Mr Msika adds that when his father was incarcerated at Gonakudzingwa, his mother struggled to fend for the family and she did well in that regard managing to send all her children to university.

11:52 – He says as per tradition, after marriage, her mother went to their rural home, in Chiweshe to till the land. “Because of her light complexion, people in the village thought Joseph had married a white woman.”

11:51 – Mr Msika narrates the history of his mother from her birth in Botswana up to the time she married Joseph.

11:48 – The Master of Ceremonies (MC), Dr Joseph Made, who stands for the absent Home Affairs Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo, invites the Msika family representative to address the mourners and upcomes Mr Maxwel Msika, the son of Gogo Msika.

11:38 – President Mugabe arrives at the national shrine escorting the body of Gogo Msika.

11:11 – Body viewing over, the body leaves for the National Heroes Acre.

10:23 – President Robert Mugabe arrives at Stodart Hall in the company of the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe and the two soon lead mourners in the body viewing procession.

09:41 –  Now the funeral procession has begun with the arrival of the body at Stodart Hall in Mbare.

09:22 – Mbuya Msika died Friday the 22nd of September at her Highlands home after a long illness. She is survived by three children, Lucia, Shelton and Maxwell, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

09:21 – In 1977 Gogo Msika survived twice grenade attacks by the Rhodesian agents who were bent on demoralising the resilient nationalist Cde Joseph Msika through attacking and harassing his family.

09:18 – Cde Joseph Msika and Cde Maria Matumo got married on 26 December 1946 and had seven children.

09:08 – Upon completion of her secondary education, Mbuya Msika came to the then Rhodesia where she enrolled and studied nursing at Ashyre Institute in Matabeleland. She later met Cde Joseph Msika who was studying woodwork at the same institution.

09:03 – Born Maria Matumo in Bechuanaland, now Botswana, on the 17th of May in 1928, Gogo Msika attended her primary education at Tsesebe Primary and proceeded to St Joseph Khale Catholic School in Gaborone for her secondary education.

09:02 – The death of Mbuya Msika comes barely a month after the nation lost Mbuya Maud Muzenda, Cde Shuvai Ben Mahofa and Cde George Rutanhire.

09:01 – Gogo Msika died on Friday, 22 September 2017 in Harare.

08:57 – The late national heroine, Gogo Maria Msika, who was widow to the late Vice President Joseph Msika, will be buried at the National Heroes Acre today