State-assisted funeral for Cont Mhlanga

By Idah Mhetu

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has granted a State-assisted funeral for veteran playwright, actor and theatre director, Cont Mhlanga.

Mhlanga (64) succumbed to pneumonia yesterday morning at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) after being admitted for 10 days.

“His Excellency the President, Dr E.D. Mnangagwa, has granted State-assisted funeral to the late National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) legend, Continue-loving “Cont” Mdlala Mhlanga, who passed on yesterday at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) after a short illness,” the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said in a statement.

In his condolence message, President Mnangagwa said Mhlanga deserved a recognition by the State due to his achievements as an internationally acclaimed playwright, filmmaker and a director.

“This is in recognition of his great achievements as an internationally acclaimed playwright, filmmaker and creative director who came as a trail blazer in our country’s creative and cultural industries. Only recently the late departed had been appointed as a member of the National Team for the Creation of a Strategy for the Zimbabwe Film Sector.”

“On behalf of the Office of the President and Cabinet, and indeed on my behalf, I wish foremost, to express my deepest condolences to the Mhlanga family who have lost a beloved father and breadwinner, and to the cultural and creative arts community in general, who are the poorer with the demise of one of Zimbabwe’s most respected icons the arts sector has ever produced,” read the statement.