People from the late former President, Cde Robert Mugabe’s home province, Mashonaland West, were this Monday given an opportunity to bid farewell to the national hero.

Thousands of people, mainly from Zvimba, thronged Murombedzi Growth Point open grounds for a grand send-off of Zimbabwe’s founding father.

After body viewing processions at Rufaro stadium in Harare last Thursday and Friday, and a state funeral service at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday, the cortege rolled over at Murombedzi at around 1pm, igniting a rapturous applause from mourners.

Minister of State for Mashonaland West Province, Cde Mary Mliswa described the late national hero as a revered leader who has left an indelible mark on the African continent.

“He was a great unifier whose influence was felt across the whole of Africa, especially Southern Africa. His signature remains engrossed across Africa. His spirit vibrates across the continent,” she said.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi weighed in, extolling the country’s liberator and champion of economic empowerment.

“He was once asked by a South African journalist about what he wanted to be remembered for and he said to be remembered as a liberator, a champion of empowerment and as someone who really loved his country,”said Cde Ziyambi.

A body viewing procession was later held, giving the people of Zvimba and the entire Mashonaland West Province an opportunity to bid farewell to one of their own.