By Brendah Muchato
Addressing mourners yesterday at the Burial of the Late National Hero Cde Christopher Mushohwe at the National Heroes Acre, His Excellency President Mnangagwa urged the media fratenity to unite Zimbabweans as the nation moves towards the upcoming Harmonised General Elections.
"As Minister of Information and Publicity, the late Cde Mushohwe encouraged a media fratenity that was united by the national interest. As we accelerate our national socio-economic development and more immediately, prepare for the upcoming Harmonised General Elections, l call upon the media to be responsible and always seek to unite the people of our great country. This is the only Zimbabwe that we have; this is our motherland and media practitioners must never sell our birth right for a few pieces of silver", President Mnangagwa said.
President Mnangagwa also urged the nation to continue building a prosperous Zimbabwe.
"Going forward, let us continue individually and collectively building a modern, industrialised and prosperous Zimbabwe. Such were the aspirations of the many gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe, whom the late Dr Mushohwe is joining here at this sacred national shrine as well as those resting in unmarked graves and interred in our Provinces", he said.
He further challenged Zimbabweans to draw inspirations and to be guided by the Late National Hero Cde Mushohwe's exemplary qualities.
"The nation has indeed lost a key stalwart and loyal cadre whose rich and perceptive contributions to ideas that drove national growth, will be sorely missed", President Mnangagwa said.
"As we bid our National Hero Dr Christopher Mushohwe farewell, I challenge Zimbabweans both locally and abroad to draw inspiration and be guided by his exemplary qualities, which included simplicity, humility, sociability, integrity, dedication to hard work and unflinching patriotism", he said.
President Mnangagwa extended his condolences to the Mushohwe family and went on to describe the Late National Hero Cde Mushohwe as a dedicated cadre, stalwart and a carrier civil servant cum leader.
"Hence, today we are laying to rest a dedicated cadre who rose to national prominence through a service to the nation that was underpinned by loyalty, patriotism, commitment, integrity and hard work", he said.
"On behalf of our revolutionary Party, ZANU PF, the Government and people of Zimbabwe, my family, and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to extend my deep condolences to the bereaved Mushohwe Family on this sad loss. I urge the Family to find comfort and solace from Almighty God. The whole nation is grieving with you as this is our loss together. We have indeed lost a stalwart and a career civil servant cum leader in many respects"
Cde Mushohwe is survived by his wife, eight children and several grandchildren.