BULAWAYO – The late former First Lady, Mrs Janet Madade Banana who died in Bulawayo this Thursday has been described as a humble and exemplary mother figure.
The humble iconic lady is no more and the nation grieves just like the Mbuyazwe community in Bulilima where she grew up.
Zanu PF Politburo member, Cde Richard Ndlovu says the nation has lost a modest mother with a strong character.
“When I grew up, we neighboured Mbuyazwes and we cherished Janet as our big sister. We share grief with Banana and Mbuyazwe families for what has befallen us,” he said.
The Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Judith Ncube saluted the late former First Lady, saying there is so much to learn from the widow of the late former President, Canaan Banana.
“We are in bewilderment following the demise of an illustrious woman. She is in our thoughts and prayers as we wish her soul to rest in peace,” said the Minister.
Mourners equally expressed their sorrow following the death of the former first lady.
“Mother Banana could easily work with anyone; her death is a shock to everyone who knew her,” said one mourner.
The late Janet Banana who died at the age of 83, is survived by three children and several grandchildren.
Mourners are gathered at house number 99 New Luveve in Bulawayo and burial arrangements will be announced in due course.