Former First Lady Mrs Janet Banana laid to rest

By Sifiso Tshaka
THE late former First Lady Mrs Janet Banana, who was accorded a state assisted funeral, has been buried at the family’s homestead in Nsezi, Umzingwane District.
Scores of mourners gathered at the Banana family homestead in Sibambene village, Umzingwane district this Friday to pay their last respects to former First Lady, Mrs Janet Banana.
In a moving tribute to the late Mrs Banana, her children said their mother leaves behind a legacy of love and perseverance.
“Her role as mother and grandmother was the most important thing to her. That is where she drew her strength and left her legacy. Being with her family was what Janet enjoyed the most “ said her daughter.
Other family members thanked President Emmerson Mnangagwa for supporting the Banana family.
“I would like to thank the President and government for the supporting my sister during the time of her illness to this very moment . To our dear sister we say you have fought the good fight, go well,” said Mr Mbuyazwe .
“When Michael passed away President Mnangagwa came to Luveve and then said in the presence of government officials I want a house bought for this person. He assigned me to look for the house, we did that. But unfortunately the plan did not materialise,” said Ms Priscilla Misihairambwi- Mushonga.
Government paid tribute to Mrs Banana for the crucial role she played as the former first lady of the country.
“As the government we are very grateful for her immense contribution to our country. To the Banana family we stand with you during this difficult time and we hope you find comfort in the knowledge that we share your pain as a country,” said Matabeleland South provincial development coordinator Ms Latiso Dlamini.
The late Mrs Banana who succumbed to a kidney ailment at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo last week, was buried next to her husband former president Canaan Banana.
She is survived by three children and twelve grandchildren.