JUST IN: Makwanya buried

Natasha Kokai Herald Reporter
Government has described the late Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s diplomatic correspondent Judith Makwanya (56) who died on Monday as a heroine who served her country with exceptional distinction.

Makwanya died after a short illness at Westend Hospital in Harare.

Speaking at Makwanya’s burial at Warren Hills cemetery in Harare today, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Mr Nick Mangwana said Makwanya’s death was a loss to the entire country.

“Where can I get words to speak if you look at the number of people who have come here to show love to our departed heroine? From our knowledge and understanding as Government and people of Zimbabwe, what has brought us here is the death of our heroine.
“What can you say when you know that your heroine has suddenly departed from you like this,” said Mr Mangwana.

He said Makwanya was one of the few individuals who were imposed on the sanctions list for defending the country’s land reform programme that saw more than 300 000 families benefiting at the turn of the millennium.

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