Hundreds of mourners including cabinet ministers, service chiefs, permanent secretaries, friends and relatives thronged the Chengu family homestead in Mutorashanga to bid farewell to Mrs Idaishe Olivia Charamba, who died in Harare on Sunday.
Mrs Charamba was wife to Permanent Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr George Charamba.
A shooting star, humble, a bundle of joy, a great wife, mother and a woman of unconditional love, were some of the adjectives and phrases used to describe the late Mrs Charamba, who succumbed to liver complications at West End Hospital in Harare on Sunday.
The mourners extolled Mrs Charamba’s virtues and celebrated her life which, judging by the testimonies from mourners of varying backgrounds, was an embodiment of humanity.
Even the widowed husband, Mr Charamba publicly rued his loss, describing her late wife as having been a great woman and a mom who took value even in the extended family.
Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga said the huge turnout at the burial gives a picture of Mrs Charamba’s contribution to society, while Mashonaland West Minister of Provincial Affairs, Cde Faber Chidarikire urged mourners to take a leaf from Mrs Charamba’s ife as evidenced by the testimonies given by fellow mourners.
Zvimba North legislator and Home Affairs Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo took mourners down memory lane, chronicling how the Chengu family broke the cycle of poverty in Mutorashanga soon after independence after Mrs Charamba’s father, Mr Shepherd Chengu took a leading role in transforming the education landscape in the area.
Meanwhile, Mr Charamba cleared the air on why his late wife was buried at her parents’ plot homestead instead of Buhera where the Permanent Secretary hails from.
He said it was his decision to do so for the sake of consolidating and maintaining family ties with his in-laws and to cement the bond between his biological children and their half brother, Mrs Charamba’s first child from her first marriage.