By Providence Maraneli
The late Chief Vezi Maduna Mafu who died on Saturday last week has been buried at his rural home in Filabusi.
The longest serving chief was given a befitting send-off despite persistent rains that pounded Filabusi this Wednesady as the late Chief Vezi Matayi Maduna Mafu was laid to rest at his rural homestead in Avoca.
The heir apparent to the chieftainship Dambisamahubo Mafu said his father was a strong believer in unity and urged Zimbabweans to unite for the greater good of the country.
“People are still clinging to the past, let us bury the past, we are still stuck in the past that’s not what my father stood for, he stood for the truth and the truth is that we should bury the past.”
The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Matabeleland South, Cde Abednico Ncube echoed the same sentiments saying Zimbabweans should emulate the late Chief Maduna.
“Chief Maduna was one of the senior chiefs we had in the province, and his demise is a loss to the traditional leader’s fraternity. He was a man who preached unity and peace as a custodian of our culture.”
Speaking during the funeral procession which was done in accordance with the Nguni culture where only immediate family members are allowed at the graveside, President of the Chief’s Council Chief Fortune Charumbira said the country has been robbed of a rare breed of a traditional leaders.
“He was a culturalist and a traditionalist, he defended the values of Ubuntu and our identity and he was never shy about it.”
Addressing mourners, the Minister of Local Government and Public Works Honourable July Moyo said the country has lost a leader who was cognisant of his country’s past, present and future.
“Chief Maduna was indeed an illustrious son of the soil who did not regard his esteemed position as chief as an opportunity to carry favours from the oppressors but sacrificed himself together with his peers for the liberation of this country. He will be sadly missed but his fighting spirit lives on.”
Chief Maduna, who died on Saturday at the age of 86, was installed as substantive Chief Maduna in 1974.
He survived by his wife Lizzie Mapala Maduna 12 children and 27 grandchildren.