Cde Esphina Nhari best known for chanting down G40 has been buried at the Midlands Provincial Heroes Acre in Gweru amid calls for unity to foster development in the country.
A sombre atmosphere engulfed the provincial shrine as thousands of people converged to pay their last respects to the liberation war heroine and former Zanu PF Women’s League Secretary for Administration who died in a horrific traffic accident along the Bulawayo - Harare highway near Kadoma.
Addressing mourners at the grave site, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for unity in the country in order to foster development and economic prosperity.
He described the late Cde Nhari as a selfless and patriotic party cadre who was dedicated to serve the country during and after the struggle.
Relatives and friends said they have lost a hardworker who was always willing to give advice and would go out of her way to assist others.
Cde Nhari was born in 1954 in Gutu.
In 1965 at the age of 11, she was arrested for a political demonstration and did community service at Amaveni police station.
She left the country and joined the liberation struggle in 1975 in Zambia and she received her military training at Mkushi camp and after training, she was attached to the Health Department.
After independence, Cde Nhari held several positions in both ZAPU and Zanu PF.
She is survived by four children and seven grandchildren.