President Emmerson Mnangagwa has accorded the late filmmaker Conte Mhlanga, a state-assisted funeral.
A statement issued by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, read:
His Excellency the President, Dr E.D. Mnangagwa, grants the late Cont Mdlala Mhlanga, State-assisted Funeral, Harare, 2nd August 2022
His Excellency the President, Dr E.D. Mnangagwa, has granted a State-assisted Funeral to the late National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) legend, Continue-loving “Cont” Mdlala Mhlanga, who passed on yesterday at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) after a short illness.
This is in recognition of his great achievements as an internationally acclaimed playwright, filmmaker and creative director who came as a trailblazer in our country’s creative and cultural industries.
Only recently the late departed had been appointed as a member of the National Team for the Creation of a Strategy for the Zimbabwe Film Sector.
On behalf of the Office of the President and Cabinet, and indeed on my behalf, I wish foremost, to express my deepest condolences to the Mhlanga family who have lost a beloved father and breadwinner, and to the cultural and creative arts community in general, who are the poorer with the demise of one of Zimbabwe’s most respected icons the arts sector has ever produced.