National hero Father Ribeiro laid to rest

Roman Catholic cleric Father Ribeiro who died last Thursday at St Anne’s hospital in Harare after a short illness has this Monday been laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre.
Father Ribeiro becomes the first priest to be buried at the sacred burial shrine with his life works befitting for such an honour, President Mnangagwa said.
“I am aware that the Roman Catholic Church has its own burial arrangements for personages such as the late Father Ribeiro, yet the Church, along with the Ribeiro family,
accepted Government’s request to have our beloved National Hero rested here,” President Mnangagwa said.
“Thank you, Archbishop Robert Ndlovu and the entire leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. The government does not take this gesture for granted; you have given us one of your own so that we rest him, together with his liberation war compatriots.”
The late father Ribeiro had a career spanning decades and in his selfless service to the nationalists, he helped the country’s independence course through actively assisting the country’s freedom fighters such as President Mnangagwa.
“We thus, mourn a great son of the soil, a Roman Catholic priest, Father (Baba), a brother, a comrade, composer and novelist. He worked tirelessly and used his diverse talents to nurture souls of many people in our beloved country.”
The President added that the burial of Fr Emmanuel Ribeiro is special considering the many people he saved during his illustrious life.
“I am personally pained by his demise, for our lives and fates intersected under extremely difficult and unenviable circumstances. Those circumstances knit us together, after he saved me from the gallows, with his sheer compassionately goodness and astuteness,” he said.
From the exemplary life of the late Fr Emmanuel Ribeiro the country’s youth should be inspired to live vice free lives, shun drugs and corruption, the President said.
President Mnangagwa promised to crackdown on corruption in honour of the fallen hero who was described as a morally upright man.
“The late Father Ribeiro also esteemed the Hunhu/Ubuntu philosophy. Let us draw from these values of humility, courtesy, honesty, and thoughtfulness as we build a morally upright and prosperous society. “More so when we face countless societal ills some of which can be
attributed to the impact of globaliswation. These threaten to flatten and overwhelm local cultures. Unbecoming trends such as the alarming entry of destructive drugs into our jurisdiction, threaten the fate of our youth. “To the youth in general bring honour to your families, communities and nation. This is what we also learn from the late Father Rebeiro. There is a need therefore to redouble our collective fight against this new
phenomenon of drugs and other harmful substance abuse.
My Government will thus continue to take stern measures to stamp out this growing threat. In the same vein, gun-related crime will not be tolerated.

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