vp mujuru 02-01-11 2.jpgVice President Joice Mujuru has sent her condolence message to the Nyashanu family, following the death of Cde Nevison Nyashanu, who was laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre in Harare on Sunday.


Cde Mujuru, who is in Brazil on a 5-day official visit, said Cde Nyashanu is one of the country´s icons of the revolution, who was detained and suffered at the hands of the colonial masters to bring freedom that is now enjoyed in the country.


Vice President Mujuru said the Nyashanu family must take solace in knowing that Zimbabweans share in their grief.


Her condolence message comes after she attended the historic inauguration for the first female president for Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.


Cde Mujuru stood in for the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe at the colourful inauguration ceremony, which saw thousands of Brazilians braving the wet weather to witness the historic event.


She was among world leaders who converged at the Congress Buildings where Dilma Rousseff delivered her acceptance speech.


Cde Mujuru also witnessed the emotional moment when Rousseff’s predecessor, Mr Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, handed over the presidential sash to the new president-elect.


From the Congress Buildings, Vice President Mujuru had an opportunity to pass her congratulatory message to Rousseff at the presidential palace, where the two women had an opportunity to shake hands and hug before VP Mujuru conveyed her congratulatory message on behalf of Zimbabwe.


Cde Mujuru and the Zimbabwean delegation later joined other dignitaries at a reception held in honour of President Dilma at the Foreign Affairs Ministry offices in Brasilia.


President Dilma Rousseff, a former Marxist guerrilla, takes over Brazil’s presidency at a time when the South American nation`s economic strength and influence on the world stage are on the boom.


Rousseff made poverty reduction a goal of her presidency as well as preparing Brazil to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Zimbabwe and Brazil share good political and diplomatic relations and Brazil has supported Zimbabwe at different world forums.