Kavhunika laid to rest

HARARE councillor Ruth Kavhunika was laid to rest at the Warren Hill cemetery in Harare on Monday at a burial witnessed by hundreds of senior MDC officials, supporters, friends and relatives.

Kavhunika, 43, was the councillor of Harare’s Ward 2 and MDC committee member for Harare province. She reportedly collapsed and died on Thursday at her house in Chadcombe in Harare.

Senior MDC officials including Harare provincial chairperson, Senator Morgan Femai and his provincial executive, Harare Mayor, Muchadeyi Masunda and his deputy Emmanuel Chiroto, Harare MPs and councillors were at the burial.

The Harare Residents’ Trust (HRT) said it had learnt with shock and disbelief at the untimely death of Kavhunika. He death slashes the number of MDC councillors. The MDC has also lost Ward 11 councillor Christopher Tigere to a car accident that happened in Murehwa.

HRT spokesperson Precious Shumba said Councillor Kavunika, who chaired the Finance and Development Committee of the City of Harare, "was regularly engaging the citizens of Harare through the Committee, which on 30 November 2010 presented the 2011 City Budget."

"Her untimely death robs the citizenry of an elected representative, at a time Central Government, through the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development has fired four elected councillors in Harare for alleged acts of misconduct and corruption," Shumba said. "This leaves the citizens highly under-represented."

"Councillor Kavunika will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences go to her two children, relatives, fellow councillors of the City of Harare, and His Worship, the Mayor of Harare Muchadeyi Masunda, the MDC-T and the residents of Ward 2. May her soul rest in peace." – The Zimbabwean