Story by Tambaoga Gora
THE first Senator for Makonde Administration District and ZANU PF National Consultative member, Cde Virginia Katyamaenza who succumbed to hypertension last Wednesday, has been laid to rest at the Mashonaland West Provincial Heroes Acre in Chinhoyi.
Friends, relatives and the political leadership converged at Mashonaland West Provincial Heroes Acre in Chinhoyi this Sunday to pay their last respects to the late Cde Katyamaenza, who died at the age of 73.
“The late senator was actively involved in politics before and after independence. She was a farmer from the inception of the third Chimurenga until her untimely death. When the Senate was introduced in 2005, Cde Katyamaenza became the first senator of the Makonde administration until 2013,” said Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association Mashonaland West Province chairperson, Cde Cornelius Muoni.
“The big crowd that has come to bid farewell to the late Cde Katyamaenza is a testimony of her good works. We have indeed lost an illustrious daughter of the soil,” said Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Mary Mliswa.
Family representative Mr Major Katyamaenza thanked the government for honouring the late Cde Katyamaenza with a liberation war heroine status.
“We have lost a mother, a sister, a daughter of the soil. We would like to thank the President for conferring her with a liberation heroine status,” he said.
Cde Katyamaenza leaves behind six children and four grandchildren.