Politicians united in mourning the passing on of liberation war icon
Herbert Chitepo’s widow Victoria, as social media was awash with
condolence messages yesterday.
Victoria, 89, died in her bathroom early on Friday morning in Harare as she prepared to attend a Zanu PF central committee meeting.
On his Facebook page, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai expressed his deepest condolences to the Chitepo family over Victoria’s death.
“It is with sadness that I learnt of the death of... Victoria..., a true heroine of Zimbabwe who lived the straight and honest path. My heartfelt condolences to the Chitepo family and the nation at large. May her soul rest in eternal peace,” Tsvangirai said.
President Robert Mugabe first broke the news of Victoria’s death while opening his party’s central committee meeting on Friday.
Victoria, a member of Zanu PF’s central committee until her death, was a modest politician, whose husband died in a car bomb in Zambia in 1975.
Despite her being a Zanu PF member, politicians across the political divide joined her family in mourning.
MDC national spokesperson Obert Gutu, on behalf of his party, also released a statement consoling the Chitepo family over the loss.
“We would like to express our deepest condolences to the Chitepo family and indeed, to the whole nation of Zimbabwe, on the sad passing on of . . . Victoria . . . ,” reads part of the statement.
“As a party, we salute the exemplary, selfless and heroic contribution that was made by . . . Victoria . . . in ensuring that Zimbabwe attained independence from British colonial rule on April 18, 1980,”Gutu said.
He added, “ . . . Chitepo (Victoria) belongs to that very rare, heroic and gallant species of national heroines such as the late Ruth Chinamano, Sally Mugabe, . . . Mafuyane Nkomo, Julia Zvobgo and living heroines such as…Maud Muzenda.
“These national heroines made an invaluable contribution in ensuring that Zimbabwe becomes a free and independent country after decades of colonial subjugation and exploitation,” Gutu said.
He further said that Victoria was the epitome of fortitude, resilience and humility.
“After her late husband, . . . Chitepo, was gruesomely assassinated in Lusaka, Zambia in 1975, . . . Chitepo (Victoria) never lost her revolutionary zeal and drive to selflessly fight for our independence,” said Gutu, adding that Victoria single-handedly raised her young family and managed to instil national pride in all her children.
“ . . . we salute . . . Chitepo (Victoria) for she was not only a mother to the Chitepo children but she was also a mother to all of us who were inspired by her selfless and humble dedication to the cause for the free, total and genuine emancipation of all oppressed people in Zimbabwe and beyond.
“She taught us love, peace, honesty, integrity, solidarity and tolerance, may the soul of the late . . . Victoria . . . rest in eternal peace,” Gutu said.
Highfield West Zanu PF MP Psychology Maziwisa also posted his condolence message on his Facebook page.
“We were all deeply saddened to learn of the death of . . . Victoria . . . yesterday (Friday) . . . Our nation will never forget her sacrifice and we can never repay our indebtedness to her family.
“...Chitepo (Victoria)’s love for this nation exceeded all measures of selflessness and devotion.
“In life, she was a true embodiment of all that is best in Zimbabwe. In death, we pray that she finds the peace we all seek,” Maziwisa said.