By ZBC Reporter
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has consoled the Hungwe family following the death of Mai Ruth Hungwe, wife to politburo member and senator for Chivi-Mwenezi, Cde Josiah Hungwe.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa was accompanied by the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa, the two vice presidents, Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga and Cde Kembo Mohadi as well as other senior government officials.
Mai Hungwe died this Tuesday after a short illness. She was 85.
President Mnangagwa told mourners that he was saddened by the passing on of Mai Hungwe who was also his aunt.
He added that while death is difficult to accept, people should understand that it is God’s will and plan.
“Mbuya has left a very big family, but what we need to remember is that all her children are now grown-ups and she educated all of them.”
President Mnangagwa said he used to go to her Waterfalls home in Harare soon after the liberation war, at times accompanied by the late liberation war stalwart General Solomon Mujuru.
“I remember in 1980 soon after the liberation struggle, we used to go to her place in Waterfalls where she cooked for us,” he said.
“We used to go there with Rex Mujuru. She would cook for us before we went back to work. These are the good things she did for us and that we remember.
“We have come here to console the Hungwe family. We need to commemorate her life, raising her family and others who were not part of her family. She will be happy if we help the family she has left behind. Let us have the spirit of helping those left behind and not to take what was left behind.”
President Mnangagwa said he was at the Hungwe family home to give a fellow Politburo member Cde Hungwe, a shoulder of support and described him as a party stalwart which the Presidium consulted.
“Cde Hungwe is one of us and we have travelled a long journey together,” he said. “He is a Politburo member and these are our elders in the party. When my Vice Presidents and I need advice, we go to him.”
Cde Hungwe thanked President Mnangagwa for taking his time to visit the family to pay his condolences.
“Ndinoda kutenda president nezvamaita kuuya kuno kuti tizochema pamwechete ahh zvinokudzwa chaizvo.” (I want to thank the President for coming to mourn with us, he has done a good thing.)
Mai Hungwe will be buried this Thursday at Glen Forest Cemetery in Harare.
Mourners are gathered at Number 3 Saltburn close in Mount Pleasant.