The government has honoured Stephen Chifunyise with a state assisted funeral in recognition of his immense contribution to national development.

Chifunyise made huge contributions as a senior civil servant, educationist, artist, international cultural expert, writer, social commentator, nation builder, committed Pan African and Zimbabwean patriot.

Meanwhile there will be a celebratory and send off service at Theatre in the Park starting at 3pm today (Thursday).

Artists, friends and colleagues will gather to pay their last respects through performance, music and dance.

The body lies in state at his family home at 41 Edinburgh Road, Vainona today before burial set for tomorrow (Friday) at Greendale Cemetery at 12:30 hours.