By Kenias Chivuzhe
Senior government and ruling party officials this Saturday visited the late liberation hero Alderman Lawrence Mudehwe’s residence in Sakubva to console the Mudehwe family after the iconic figure succumbed to stomach complications on Wednesday.
The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa and senior Zanu PF officials were among the officials who condoled with the Mudehwe family.
In an interview with ZBC News, family spokesperson Maxwell Mudehwe said Alderman Mudewe was a pillar of strength in the family.
“Our father is known for uniting the family. He good works elevated the family name. He started to be ill in 2019 before his health further deteriorated during Easter this year. He was operated on the stomach Saturday last week before passing on this Wednesday,” he said.
The late Mudehwe exhibited high levels of patriotism during the liberation struggle and after independence, with his success stories during his tenure as Mutare executive mayor being testimony of his leadership qualities.
Zanu PF Manicaland chairperson, Cde Mike Madiro said, “Cde Mudehwe was a pillar in our party. He was a source of wisdom who we all looked up to as we were still novices in politics. He was a rare breed of politicians and leaders and represented the voiceless here in Mutare. Against all odds, he became the first executive mayor of the country.”
“His great works during the liberation struggle are well documented. He loved his country as he supported the freedom fighters to ensure the country is liberated. As the first executive mayor here, he performed extremely well,” noted Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa, the Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity.
Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said late liberation hero should be emulated for his leadership qualities which saw him ensuring quality service delivery in Mutare.
“Cde Mudewe was full of love, patriotic and a humble leader. His great works as an executive mayor for Mutare was there for all to see. The town was clean and he was not corrupt. The deterioration of services under the leadership of opposition political parties is in sharp contrast with the quality of services that was provided under his reign. We should continue emulation his great works as they promote national development,” she said.
Born on 26 July 1933 in Mutasa District, Alderman Mudehwe trained as a teacher at St Augustine’s between 1953 and 1954.
Cde Mudehwe later became a headmaster before being appointed Sakubva’s first Librarian and rose to the position of Sakubva Superintended.
He served as ceremonial mayor before being appointed the first executive mayor of Mutare for two terms from 1995 to 2003.
Cde Mudehwe is survived by his wife Emma, seven children, 20 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
He will be buried at the Manicaland Provincial Shrine this Sunday.