MDC founding member, Fidelis Mhashu, who died at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on Monday, will be laid to rest today at Glen Forest Memorial Park in Chitungwiza.
BY KUDZAI MUCHENJEKWA
In a statement, the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC-T yesterday said Mhashu would be buried this afternoon.
Chamisa, together with several senior MDC-T officials, visited Mhashu’s family home in Chitungwiza to convey their condolences following the passing-on of the former Social Amenities minister.
“Mhashu’s death is a great loss to the party, as he was a hard worker,” MDC-T chairperson Morgen Komichi said.
“It was in Mhashu’s Chitungwiza house that numerous meetings that led to the formation of the party were held. It was in the same house that the doyen of democracy, the late Dr Morgan Tsvangirai and others gathered to discuss the way forward in forming the great and formidable political movement that Zimbabwe has grown to love,” the MDC-T said in a statement.
Mhashu, who was born in Mhondoro in 1942, joined the teaching profession in 1976 and taught in Buhera.
He later became a lecturer at Mutare and Seke Teachers’ colleges before venturing into politics as a councillor in ward 21 of Chitungwiza North.
He served two terms in council, before becoming a legislator from 2000 until 2013.
He was later appointed Housing and Social Amenities minister in the Government of National Unity and was a national executive member of the MDC-T.