By Tapiwa Machemedze
A handful of mourners converged at the Mashonaland Central provincial heroes’ acre on Sunday to pay their last respects to Zanu PF Mashonaland Central Provincial Youth Leader Cde Lens Fernando Ruwizhi who died on Friday.
Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister, who is also Zanu PF Mashonaland Central Chairman, Cde Kazembe Kazembe said the province had lost a hard-working and promising youth leader who represented his area with distinction.
“It is rare for us to have such a young person declared a liberation hero. This speaks volumes of the work he did for Mashonaland Central province,” he said.
Zanu PF Acting Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Tendai Chirau thanked President Mnangagwa for bestowing liberation hero status on Cde Ruwizhi who spearheaded many developmental programmes for the youth while the deceased hero’s father described him as a pillar of strength to the family.
“Firstly, I want to think President Emmerson Mnangagwa for bestowing liberation war hero status on Lens Fernando Ruwizhi. He was a hard-working member of the youth league and spearheaded mining activities and many developmental programs for the youth here in Mashonaland Central,” said Cde Chirau.
Cde Ruwizhi passed on after a short illness and not Covid-19 as earlier reported by some media outlets.
Born on 27 November 1982 in Bindura, Cde Ruwizhi began his political career around the year 2000 and rose through the ranks of the Zanu PF Youth League to become Chairperson of the provincial Youth League in 2017, a position he held until the time of his death.
He survived by his wife Sinikiwe and six children.