Cephas George Msipa, who died at a private hospital in Harare on Monday, will now be buried on Saturday at the National Heroes Acre, instead of Gweru Provincial Heroes Acre, where he had requested to be buried next to his wife Charlotte Sithabile Msipa, who died in 2013.
The announcement was made by family spokesperson Mr Masimba Msipa last night. Speaking after a church service at the Msipa residence in Borrowdale, Harare, last night, Mr Msipa said the decision was reached after considering logistical challenges and was arrived at in consultation with the Zanu-PF party.He said,
Although the family would have wanted him to be buried in Gweru next to his wife, we have agreed that he will now be buried at the national shrine on Saturday. We want to make it clear that we are not in conflict with the party and, we appreciate that VaMsipa was not only our father, but father to many. We have been working very well with the committee organising his funeral arrangements and we really appreciate that.
The new programme will now see Cde Msipa’s body being taken to 1 Commando on Thursday before being transported to Siboza in Zvishavane and then to Mandava Stadium the same day. From Mandava Stadium, Msipa’s body will be taken to the Msipa family home in Gweru, where it will lie in state overnight until Friday morning. Msipa’s son said the body was expected to leave Gweru for Harare around 3pm for burial at the national shrine on Saturday.