President Mnangagwa has mourned the late Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Ellen Gwaradzimba who succumbed to COVID-19 yesterday. Describing Gwaradzimba as an admirable leader, President Mnangagwa said:
A freedom fighter, long-time educationist and passionate advocate for devolved development, the late Senator Gwaradzimba will be remembered for her role in wartime educational programmes during which she worked with a number of leading cadres to develop learning materials for refugees in our camps during the liberation struggle.
Indeed, she would expand her service in the educational sector after our independence, but also furthering her own studies until she attained a doctorate with Fort Hare University in South Africa.
A doughty fighter for gender equality, Dr Gwaradzimba exhibited admirable leadership when our province of Manicaland was hit by Cyclone Idai two years ago.
At the time of her sad demise, she was working on a masterplan designed to make the whole province less vulnerable to natural disasters, more connected infrastructurally, and to make it stand on a solid, viable and diversified provincial economy in line with our national policy on decentralisation and devolution
On behalf of the party, Zanu PF, Government, my family and on my own behalf, I wish to express my deepest condolences to the Gwaradzimba family, especially to the children of the late departed who have lost a loving mother and a mentor.
May they derive solace from her outstanding place in the history of our country, both before and after independence
Gwaradzimba has since been declared a national hero and she will be buried at the National Heroes acre at a yet to be announced date.
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