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Shuvai Mahofa burial - Live Updates

by Staff Reporter
20 Aug 2017 at 10:33hrs | Views
Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Senator Shuvai Mahofa, who died last Sunday, will be buried at the National Heroes' Acre on today (Sunday).

Mahofa died at Makurira Memorial Clinic after battling poor health for a long time. She was 76.
  • The soldiers did a gun salute as the casket is being lowered.

    20 Aug 2017 at 12:35hrs

    Vice President Mphoko is now leading in the laying of wreaths at Cde Mahofa's final resting place.

  • Body of late Mahofa being taken to final resting place.

    20 Aug 2017 at 12:14hrs

    Pall bearers are now taking the body of Cde Mahofa to its final resting place.

  • Mphoko challenges younger generation to follow in footsteps of people like Mahofa

    20 Aug 2017 at 12:02hrs

    “In the late Cde Mahofa, we saw a political cadre who was straight forward, and morally upright. She subordinated herself to the party leadership and embraced whole heartedly the work and assignments she was given. She hailed from a generation of principled cadres who never hesitated to make sacrifices for the people, sadly, hers is a generation which is bowing out of the stage to give way to the new generation of young cadres.”
    He ends his speech.

  • 'Well done daughter of the soil' - Mphoko

    20 Aug 2017 at 12:00hrs

    Mphoko said: "Well done daughter of the soil you played your part during your productive life. Go well mother of the soil. Hamba kahle! Qawe lamaqawe! Fambai zvakanaka!".

  • Mahofa became a war collaborator in the 1970s in Masvingo

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:57hrs

    Cde Mahofa became a war collaborator in the 1970s in Masvingo. Being a war collaborator demanded as much courage, bravery, discipline, and vision as a trained guerilla combatant. She worked in cahoots with the late Dr Simon Muzorewa to ensure that medical provision, clothes, food and other accessories were received in the war front.

    "I am told that in turn, comrades trained her how to handle an array of weapons as she was responsible for coordinating the carriage of weapons" - VP Mphoko

  • 20 Aug 2017 at 11:53hrs

    VP Mphoko chronicles the journey travelled by Cde Mahofa in politics from as far back as 1959.

  • VP Mphoko expresses his heartfelt condolences

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:52hrs

    On behalf of the people of Zimbabwe, VP Mphoko has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Mahofa family on this sad loss.

  • 20 Aug 2017 at 11:51hrs

    "She was with us in the last Politburo meeting and her death took is all by surprise. The sad development was further compounded by her passing on, on the very day were scheduled to commemorate National Heroes Day." - Mphoko

  • VP Mphoko

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:51hrs

    "As many of us are aware, she has not been well for some time but she was showing positive signs of good recovery to the extent that she was participating very actively in all of her party and government activities with her usual zeal and enthusiasm she was known for."

  • VP Mphoko

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:50hrs

    "We are gathered here to lay to rest a gallant daughter of the soil. Mwana wevhu/umtwanenhlabathi," says VP Mphoko.

  • Dr Chombo has invited VP Mphoko to address the mourners.

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:49hrs

  • Public Address system thunders with Reverend Chivaviro's Ebenezer song

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:48hrs

    As he concludes his speech and leaves the podium to take his seat, the Public Address system thunders with Reverend Chivaviro's Ebenezer song. Chivaviro is the late Cde Shuvai Mahofa's maiden name.

  • Mahofa joined politics in 1963

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:47hrs

    Cde Mahofa joined politics in 1963 and never looked back in fighting for the liberation of this country. At independence, she was elected Councillor for Tirizi Ward 20. Hubert says his grandmother's commitment to serving the party has never been questionable. She served as deputy ministers in several portfolios.

    According to Hubert, Cde Mahofa was a Barcelona FC fan who adored Lionel Messi and also a huge fan of his niece, Reverend Chivaviro of the Ebenezer hit song.

  • Mahofa joined politics in 1963

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:47hrs

    Cde Mahofa joined politics in 1963 and never looked back in fighting for the liberation of this country. At independence, she was elected Councillor for Tirizi Ward 20. Hubert says his grandmother's commitment to serving the party has never been questionable. She served as deputy ministers in several portfolios.

    According to Hubert, Cde Mahofa was a Barcelona FC fan who adored Lionel Messi and also a huge fan of his niece, Reverend Chivaviro of the Ebenezer hit song.

  • Representative of the Mahofa family

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:46hrs

    Dr Chombo has invited a representative of the Mahofa family to address mourners. Hubert Mahofa, grandson to the late Cde Mahofa thanks everyone who made time to bid farewell to his grandmother. He thanks President Mugabe for bestowing heroine's status to Cde Shuvai Mahofa. Hubert Mahofa chronicles Cde Shuvai Mahofa's life narrating her journey from birth, schools she attended, marriage and courses she did as she grew up.

  • Revelations 14 verse 13

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:45hrs

    Today's scripture comes from Revelations 14 verse 13 and it goes like: I heard the voice from heaven saying, "Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow. The Reverend says he has no doubt that Cde Mahofa died in the Lord and as such, her good works follow her and speak volumes.

  • Rev Mutsotso thanks Mugabe

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:31hrs

    He starts by thanking President Mugabe, the ruling party Zanu PF and the government for bestowing the national hero status upon Mahofa.

  • Rev Dr Mutsotso:

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:30hrs

    The Mahofa family representative, Hubert Mahofa the grandson of the late national hero Cde Mahofa is now giving his speech.

  • 20 Aug 2017 at 11:23hrs

    A choir is now entertaining mourners here.

  • 20 Aug 2017 at 11:22hrs

    Reverend Dr Mutsotso is now on the podium.

  • Chombo addressing mourners

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:18hrs

    Director of ceremonies and Home Affairs Minister, Dr Ignatious Chombo is now on the podium and has invited Reverend Dr Rangarirai Mutsotso of the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe to lead with the prayer.

  • The Gun Carriage took Mahofa to her final resting place

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:16hrs

  • Tomb of the unknown soldier

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:02hrs

    The body of the late national heroine is now placed on the tomb of the unknown soldier.

  • Body of Mahofa arrives at the National Heroes Acre

    20 Aug 2017 at 11:00hrs

    The body of Mahofa has arrived at the National Heroes Acre in the capital.

  • Scenes at Stodart Hall

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:57hrs

  • Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is now leads the body viewing ceremony.

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:55hrs

    Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is now leads the body viewing ceremony.

  • VP Mphoko also attending burial of Shuvai Ben Mahofa

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:54hrs

    Some senior government officials and ministers follow proceedings here awaiting the body viewing ceremony of the late national heroine Cde Shuvai Ben Mahofa.

  • Scenes at Stodart Hall

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:51hrs

  • Scenes at Stodart Hall

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:50hrs

  • Also attending burial

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:49hrs

    Letina Undenge who is wife to Energy and Power Development Minister, Dr Samuel Undege has arrived.

  • Youths marching and dancing here at Stodart

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:48hrs

  • 20 Aug 2017 at 10:48hrs

    Home Affairs Minister, Dr Ignatious Chombo and Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa are also part of the mourners in Mbare

  • Shamu arrives at the shrine with wife

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:45hrs

    Webster Shamhu and his wife

  • ZRP Choir performing Apostolic songs

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:42hrs

    The police band and Reverend Togarepi Chivaviro set the stage alight with their performances.

  • Also attending burial

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:40hrs

    Speaker of parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda and his deputy Marble Chinomona are also here.

  • Dignitaries attending Mahofa burial

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:39hrs

    Among the dignitaries so far Chief Charumbira, and Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri have arrived here at the Stodart Hall in Mbare.

  • Great Zimbabwe University Students at Mahofa burial at the National Shrine.

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:38hrs

  • Scenes at Stodart Hall in Mbare

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:37hrs

  • Scenes at Stodart Hall in Mbare

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:37hrs

  • Mahofa's bo9dy arriving at Stodart Hall in Mbare

    20 Aug 2017 at 10:35hrs

    The body of the late national heroine Shuvai Ben Mahofa has arrived at the Stodart Hall in Mbare.

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