From Blessings Mashaya
President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday greeted the deceased Thokozile Mathuthu as a honest politician and a modest leader. Mnangagwa told grieving people gathered for the funeral of former Zanu PF Women's League deputy secretary Mathuthu at the National Heroes Acre that she was a strong advocate for positive action.
"Mathuthu was working hard to change the land ownership structure to deconstruct municipal settlements in the province of Matabeleland North and to ensure the empowerment of the blacks.
"She had a wide range of portfolios in the party.At the time of her death she was deputy secretary for the Women & # 39; s League.It was her love for the party that saw her that she was on a given moment left a hospital bed to vote alone and return to her hospital bed She was a strong supporter of female participation in the party and the government.
"She remained loyal to the ideals and values of the party until her death.
"She was loved by everyone who knew her, she was modest and modest with a motherly character," Mnangagwa said.
Mathuthu died last Monday, she was born on March 26, 1957 in Bulawayo and became politically active in the seventies.
Between 1975 and 1978 she was a member of the board of the Zapu youth wing and assisted fighters in the Tinde and Kamativi areas.
With her independence she was a member of the Zapu women's wing between the years 1980 and 1982 and later grew into vice-chairman of the same wing in Nengasha District, Hwange.
She was also involved in the integration committees during discussions between Zanu and Zapu.
Mathuthu served in the government of former President Robert Mugabe as Deputy Minister for Information, Media and Employment Services.
Her service was short-lived because the military intervention that led to a soft coup against Mugabe in November last year, heralded Mnangagwa.
Mathuthu was seen as a close ally of Mugabe and part of the G40 faction.
However, Mnangagwa said that the people of Matabeleland and the entire nation will remain proud of the visionary, zeal and enthusiasm that Mathuthu had.
"She was a modest and humble mother figure known to everyone who knew her," he said.
He described her as a peacemaker, who never looks back on her conviction that unity is the key to development. She was a great proponent of women's emancipation and a member of the women's union that in 1999 called for more women's participation in national politics.
Mnangagwa said that the family background of Mathuthu gave her awareness and she became active in political activities that led to the independence of Zimbabwe in 1980. "Today the nation is saying goodbye to a real patriot," he said. –Daily news