LIVE BLOG: CDE THOKOZILE MATHUTHU BURIAL

1305: The National Anthem is now being sung marking the end to proceedings here. Thank you for joining us.

1253: President Mnangagwa is now leading the laying of wreaths.

1229: The body of Cde Mathuthu is now being carried to her final resting place.

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1216: President Mnangagwa has finished his address.

1214: “In line with the Vision 2030, there will be job creation for our youths. Yesterday, I came from a very successful Sadc summit. I urge the people to uphold the values of patriotism, peace and harmony. Let’s inculcate the spirit of hardwork. Thanks to the Gumbo and Mathuthu families for raising Cde Mathuthu.”

1212: “Cde Mathuthu vigorously worked to change the land ownership structure to decongest communal settlements in Matabeleland North province and ensure empowerment of the blacks. Cde Mathuthu has left us at a time the party has secured a fresh mandate to lead the country. We will work tirelessly to improve the lives of all citizens,”

1205: “She held a wide array of portfolios in the party. At the time of her death she was deputy secretary for the Women’s League. It was her love for the party that saw her at one time leaving a hospital bed to go and vote only to return to her hospital bed. She was a strong advocate for female participation in the party and Government. She remained loyal to the ideals and values of the party until her death. She was loved by all who knew her. She was humble and modest with a motherly character,”

President Mnangagwa addresses the mourners.
President Mnangagwa addresses the mourners.

1204: “Cde Amai Mathuthu was born in 1952, her history is one of honest and dedicated work for the party, a history from which we should draw far reaching lessons..her family background gave her that consciousness and thus became politically active in our struggle against oppression and colonialism,”

1202: “It was significant that Amai Mathuthu peacefully passed on the very day we gathered here on Heroes Day. We pray that you take comfort and solace in that it is our loss together and the nation is mourning with you,”

1200: President Mnangagwa describes Cde Mathuthu as a true patriot and a mother.

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1158: President Mnangagwa is now addressing the mourners.

1151: A Choral group is now providing a musical interlude.

1149: Mr Gumbo has finished his eulogy.

1147: He says the Mathuthu family is grateful for their daughter being honoured with the national heroine status. He says she was brave, hardworking, resilient and humble. Mr Gumbo describes her a unifier with an outstanding character. He says they are proud of the positions she held in Government and the party.

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1146: Minister of Home Affairs and Culture Heritage Obert Mpofu is the Director of Ceremonies. He invites Mathuthu family representative Sekelela James Gumbo to address the mourners.

1122: The body is now being carried to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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1117: The body of Cde Mathuthu has arrived is accompanied by President Mnangagwa.

1115: VPs Chiwenga and Mohadi have arrived at the national shrine.

Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs Miriam Chikukwa greets the service chiefs at the National Heroes Acre.
Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs Miriam Chikukwa greets the service chiefs at the National Heroes Acre.

1030: The ceremony has ended, Cde Mathuthu’s body is laid on the Gun Carriage and now headed for burial at the National Heroes Acre.

1022: President Mnangagwa leads the body viewing ceremony.

1002: President Mnangagwa arrives and is accompanied by the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa leaves Stodart Hall
President Mnangagwa leaves Stodart Hall

0955: Vice Presidents Chiwenga and Mohadi have arrived.

0940: Service chiefs have now arrived and are now waiting to receive President Mnangagwa outside Stodart Hall.

Pall bearers lead Cde Mathuthu to the National Heroes Acre
Pall bearers lead Cde Mathuthu to the National Heroes Acre

0922: Mbare Chimurenga Choir is in full voice as they give Cde Mathuthu a revolutionary send off by singing and dancing. Senior Government and Zanu-PF officials arriving and Stodart Hall.

Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri arrives
Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri arrives

0921: We are at Stodart Hall in Mbare where mourners are gathered to pay their last respects to national heroine Cde Thokozile Mathuthu.

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