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Zimbabwe: Devastated Makone Family Mourn Daughter's Death

Co-Home Affairs Minister Theresa Makone and her husband Ian, a close aide to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, on Monday spoke of their shock over the death of their 32 year-old daughter Nyarai.

Nyarai was found hanged on Saturday morning at the family home, in a suspected suicide, while her parents were away on a business trip to Nairobi, Kenya with Tsvangirai. Both Theresa and Ian said the death of Nyarai had left them devastated and traumatized. She was buried on Monday at the Glen Forest cemetery near Domboshawa.

She apparently left a note apologizing to her parents and sister. Highly placed sources said the note read: 'Dear family, I know it's sad but I'm tired.'

Her mother Theresa said: 'This is so difficult for us. Nyarai was an articulate, intelligent and caring young woman. Lately she has been very happy and doing really well. Nyarai was not just my daughter, she was my best friend.

'I have dealt with people who have been bereaved but until something awful like this happens to you, you can never understand how it feels,' she added. The Makone's first born daughter Taneta posted a tribute to her sister on her Facebook page.

She wrote: 'All I can do is pray and thank God for giving me this radiant lovely beauty that I called 'Sister.' Please join me, her friends and family, in offering your prayers in remembrance of her.

She continued: 'As some of you might now already, Nyarai has been burdened with clinical depression for a little more than eight years.

Every day of those eight years was a struggle in managing a regime of countless medicines to manage the extremes of her condition, visiting psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, relying also on extensive prayer, fasting, retreats, music, art and design, anything to restore herself to a sense of equilibrium.'

Taneta added that 'there are so many living angels amongst us who did all they could to help my sister; some took her into their homes abroad for respite and change of scenery, others who involved her in community outreach programmes that she was passionate about- anything to help lift the dark cloud of despair and doubt that hovered over her.

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