The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, has attended a church service for the late Mount Darwin East legislator and Zanu PF Central Committee member, Cde Betty Chikava held at the Salvation Army Church in Chipadze Township, Bindura.
The President described the late Cde Chikava as a dedicated and selfless party cadre who was committed to the development of the nation.
He said Cde Chikava will be greatly missed within the party as she was a strong, well-calculating legislator who related well with others.â€œWe shall miss Cde Chikava in the party, we have been with her since the 1960s and all the time she has been representing Mt Darwin well. We hope her replacement will take a cue from her illustrious work. She was dedicated to the principles of the party and related well with others. She has left the legacy of her good work which we all must strive to emulate,â€ President Mugabe said.
President Mugabe condemned immoral behaviour and criticised Britain for threatening to cut aid to countries that refuse to reform laws which criminalise homosexuality.
â€œYou heard the British Prime Minister David Cameroon saying the UK will not give aid to countries which do not recognise gay rightsâ€¦..this is pure madness,â€ he said.
After the church service, Cde Mugabe then led the congregation in body viewing.
Meanwhile, Cde Chikava, who was declared a provincial heroine, was laid to rest this Friday at Gakawa Farm in Bindura district.
At the burial ceremony, Mashonaland Central Governor and Resident Minister, Advocate Martin Dinha said it was sad to note that the province continues to lose its legislators so untimely.
He described the late Cde Chikava as a God-fearing, generous and humble leader who believed in putting people first.
Advocate Dinha added that without the dedication and selflessness of people like Cde Chikava, the country would not be where it is today.