The Herald (Harare)

9 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Mbuya Shamu to Be Buried Today

MBUYA Mary Shamu, mother to Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu, who succumbed to heart problems on Wednesday, will be buried in Musengezi today. A church service for Mbuya Shamu (90) was held at Moonlight Funeral Parlour in Harare yesterday morning before the body

was taken to Musengezi where it lay in state at Plot Number 32 ahead of burial this afternoon.

Among the people who attended yesterday's church service were Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, Senate President Cde Edna Madzongwe, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr Gideon Gono, State Security Minister Sydney Sekeremayi and senior Government officials.

DPM Mutambara told mourners at the church service that the nation had lost a mother in Mbuya Shamu.

"She is mother to all of us and lets unite in mourning her," he said.

"Zimbabwe has got a lot of heroes who include Cde Shamu and heroes are born and bred by mothers.

"We are gathered here to celebrate the life of a mother who produced a hero in the name of Cde Shamu."

DPM Mutambara added: "Our mother died at the age of 90 and it takes a lot to reach that age.

"What you do in your everyday life and whatever you eat is what takes you this far.

"It is evident that the journey travelled by Mbuya Shamu was a righteous one."

Minister Sekeremayi said the Shamu family should find solace in that Zimbabweans were mourning with them.

"No one knew we would meet in mourning, but it is God's plan," he said.

"It is not easy to lose a mother no matter how old one is, but let me assure the family that we are together in this predicament."

Minister Shamu described her mother as a "great thinker".

"If we are able to follow what she did, then it means our future is bright," he said.

"She was a hardworker and discouraged us from taking what is not ours. If you brought her money she would always ask you the source of that money before using it."

Minister Shamu thanked President Mugabe and Zimbabweans for the support they gave him in his bereavement.

Family spokesperson Cde Dexter Nduna said Mbuya Shamu would be remembered for her love and affection.

"We have lost a pillar of guidance and the void she has left will be difficult to fill," he said.

Mbuya Shamu died on her way to hospital after being in and out of hospital for a long time.

She was born on July 22, 1922 at Mt Selinda Hospital in Chipinge.

Mbuya Shamu is survived by five children.

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