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President Mugabe has extended his condolences to the Zingoni family following the death of war veteran and Zimbabwe National Army Brigadier-General John Zingoni.Brig-Gen Zingoni died in Gweru last Friday after a short illness.

The President also consoled the Sekeramayi family following the death of Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi’s son, Shungu, in a car accident in Karoi on Sunday.

President Mugabe said, “The late Brigadier-General Zingoni, whose Chimurenga name was Tichatonga Brooker Chiwawa, will be remembered as a committed veteran of our war of liberation and as an illustrious officer of the Zimbabwe National Army, right from the delicate 1980s until he breathed his last on Friday.

“It took greater national consciousness and a deeper grasp of the grievances of his oppressed people for the late Zingoni to trade in his personal career prospects in the colonial health sector for an arduous, uncertain and even dangerous life of struggle for the liberation of his people and country.

“Such commitment to greater cause, a commitment exemplified by the life of the late departed, shall always remain an inspiring tale and legacy for us who live in, and enjoy the hard-won freedom today, and for future generations to whom that freedom shall be passed.”

The President added: “On behalf of the party Zanu-PF, Government, the security establishment and on my own behalf, I wish to console the with the Zingoni family, especially Amai Zingoni and the children, on this saddest loss. May their grief be assuaged by the fact of Brig Gen Zingoni’s spectacular career as a people’s freedom fighter, and as a well-decorated soldier who served his country exceptionally well and with unstinted loyalty.”

Shungu (28) was killed in an accident near Karoi along the Harare-Chirundu Highway, leaving a wife, Mrs Pamela Sekeramayi.

Burial has been scheduled for tomorrow at Warren Hills Cemetery in Harare at 2pm and mourners are gathered at 31 Honeybear Road, Borrowdale.

“I have learnt with deep sadness the untimely death of your son, Shungu, following a fatal road accident. I can only imagine the pain and suffering that you and your wife, Tsitsi, must be going through at this time of bereavement. Losing one’s child is always a profoundly painful, hard-to-bear experience set to last eternally. On behalf of Government and the people of Zimbabwe, the party Zanu-PF, and indeed on my own behalf and that of my wife and family, please accept our deepest condolences to you and your dear wife, and to the Sekeramayi family.” Zanu-PF secretary for information and publicity Cde Rugare Gumbo also consoled the Sekeramayi family.

“The President and First Secretary of Zanu-PF Cde RG Mugabe, the Politburo, the Central Committee and Zanu-PF as a whole wish to convey their deepest condolence to Cde and Mai S. T. Sekeramayi, and children, the Sekeramayi family and indeed the whole country at the untimely passing on of Shungu Samuel Sekeramayi,” read the statement.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda also extended condolences to the Sekeramayi family.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of your son, who was at the prime stage of his life moreso, given that he was soon to start his own family.

“As you grieve over this tragic occurrence, may you draw comfort from the fact that your principals and colleagues in Cabinet, and indeed Government as a whole, are sharing with you the pain occasioned by the cruel hand of fate.

“May the good Lord grant you the fortitude, strength and comfort to come to terms with this tragic loss of your youngest son,” he said.

Family spokesperson Mr Simukai Sekeramayi described the late Shungu as a family pillar.

“We are shocked and devastated at the untimely death of a young, energetic, vibrant and hardworking young man who had a bright future.

“He was a real pillar in the family even at such a tender age,” said Mr Sekeramayi.

Source : The Herald