President Robert Mugabe has
sent messages of condolences to the Mumbengegwi and Muchemwa families following
the deaths of former government minister Dr Samuel Mumbengegwi and Special
Disability Advisor in the Office of the President and war veteran Retired
Brigadier General Felix Muchemwa.
In his message to the Mumbengegwi family, President Mugabe said he learnt with deep shock the death of Dr Mumbengegwi who had been unwell for some time.
President Mugabe said Dr Mumbengegwi, a veteran educationist, politician and former minister in government shall be remembered for his meritorious career in the field of education.
"Beyond his career Dr Mumbengegwi will be remembered as a politician and a minister who gave best in all he did, always guided by the ethic that his country and people came first," said President Mugabe.
President Mugabe said even in the party Dr Mumbengegwi was known as an honest cadre who did not hesitate to speak his mind on any subject.
Dr Mumbengegwi died at Harare’s Avenues Clinic on Tuesday after being ill for some time.
In his message to the Muchemwa family, President Mugabe described the late Dr Muchemwa as a decorated soldier and freedom fighter who will be remembered for his role as part of the ZANLA medical corps during the armed phase of the country’s struggle for independence.
He said alongside other medical doctors, like the late Dr Herbert Ushewokunze and Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Dr Muchemwa saved life and limb in several camps in the rear often under very difficult surgical circumstances.
"Always a hard working cadre, Dr Muchemwa did not sit back after independence or even when illness afflicted him. He remained at the centre of national service as a cabinet minister until his condition required that he be given lighter duties," President Mugabe said.
President Mugabe expressed his deepest sympathies to the Muchemwa family, principally to his wife and the children who have lost a loving husband and a dear father respectively.