President Emmerson Mnangagwa has passed his condolence message to the Mapunzure family following the death of Chief Mapanzure yesterday.

The message was delivered today to the Mapanzure family by the Minister of State for Midlands Province, Cde Owen Ncube.

Chief Mapanzure succumbed to prostate cancer on Wednesday evening at Zvishavane District Hospital.

The late Chief Mapanzure was born Albert Chimhofu Shonhayi on 15 October 1922 at Ruvanda in Nganono village.

Family spokesperson and son to the late Chief Mapanzure, Collen Shonhayi described his father as a hero, while confirming the chief’s death.

“It is true that we have lost a father, a hero in chieftainship and it may be difficult to find a unifier in his caliber,” he said.