Deputy Prime Minister Khupe’s Mother laid to rest

HARARE, – The mother of Deputy Prime Minister, Thokozani Khupe who died on Thursday in South Africa was laid to rest at the Lady Stanley cemetery in Bulawayo Sunday.\r\n

Catherine Mabiza Khupe was 71 years old.

She was hospitalised in February after being involved in a car accident along the Bulawayo-Harare Highway while on her way to attend the swearing in of her daughter as the Deputy Prime Minister in Harare.

Thousands of people converged at the Khupe family home in the middle density suburb of Soustown in Bulawayo and at the cemetery to pay their last respects.

Speaking at the church service, the Prime MinisterMorgan Tsvangirai, said it was sad to note that the death of Mama Khupe had come at a time when the Deputy Prime Minister had a national responsibility of making sure that the inclusive government was a success.

“I would like to encourage the Deputy Prime Minister to be strong and take solace in that Zimbabweans are also in mourning with her as evidenced by the hundreds of people gathered here today who are from across the political divide,” said Tsvangirai.

Among those who attended the burial were ministers, deputy ministers and MPs from the two MDC formations and ZANU PF.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai told the mourners that following the death of his wife Amai Susan Nyaradzo Tsvangirai early this month, he had come to accept that one should not be scared of death but should accept it as a reality of life.

“These two deaths have shown me that there is potential for the people of Zimbabwe to unite,” he said.

Amai Tsvangirai died on 6 March when she was involved in a car accident along the Harare-Masvingo Highway on their way to their rural home in Buhera.