Thousands of Movement for Democratic Change members and relatives on Tuesday bid farewell to one of the founding fathers of the party, Professor Gordon Chavunduka.
Professor Chavunduka, (82), described by the Prime Minister and president of the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai, as a "guiding light," died last week at the Avenues Clinic after battling cancer of the throat for the past two years.
At the time of his death, Prof Chavunduka, chaired the Guardian Council of the MDC, a body responsible for giving advice and guiding the party. When the party was founded in 1999, he was appointed secretary for Traditional leaders in the National executive Committee. He also served as the secretary for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration in the MDC.
Speaking in Dowa, Rusape during the burial of the man described by many speakers as a hero and advisor, PM Tsvangirai said it was unfortunate to loose a wise politician such as Prof Chavunduka.
"It is indeed unfortunate to lose Prof Chavunduka. He was a very talented and intelligent politician. He served the people of Zimbabwe as an educationist, as a traditionalist and as a policy maker," PM Tsvangirai said.
"He was one of our think tanks in the party. We have lost a very important and influential member of the party," the Premier added.
MDC supporters who spoke at the funeral said the Party had become, "poorer," with the death of Prof Chavunduka.
Prof Chavunduka who was also the president of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association was buried in style at his number 14Farm, Dowa, Rusape.