HILLARY NDUWENI

CHIVI-The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Ezra Chadzamira was among the hundreds of people who gathered at Maziriri homestead to pay their last respects to the late liberation Heroine, Enita Maziriri.

Minister Chadzamira described Maziriri as an exemplary patriot who served her country and Zanu PF party with unparalled distinction during and after the war of liberation.

“This woman we are laying to rest today is not an ordinary woman because she is a mother of distinction not only for her family but the nation at large as she went through all the trials and tribulations which culminated in bringing about the country’s hard won Independence that we enjoy today.

“She went to school during the time when it was almost impossible for women to enroll for formal education and joined the liberation war as a collaborator and has been in the party ever since until the time of her untimely death. She was the second woman MP for Chivi until 2008 and has been in the party’s provincial executive ever since as well as Provincial Council representative.

“It is not surprising that the party did not hesitate to accord her the status of a Heroine of the liberation struggle. The void that has been left by Cde Maziriri will be very difficult to fill,” said Min Chadzamira.

Maziriri died at Chivi Hospital on September 2, 2022 and was laid to rest at her homestead in Maziriri Village in Takavarasha, Chivi four days later, Thembi Maziriri told The Midweek Watch.

She was 68.

Maziriri was born in Muzvidziwa Village, Madamombe in Chivi and went to Befura Primary School in the same area before enrolling for her secondary education at Tegwani High School in Plumtree, Matebeleland South Province.

After completing her secondary education she worked for Bata Shoe Company in Gweru as a sales person and during the war of liberation she was very active as a war collaborator at Nhengwe Base in Chivi.

After the war she trained as a teacher at Masvingo Teachers College and taught at several schools in the Province.

Maziriri was the district chairwoman for Chomuzangari until she was elected into the provincial executive in 1998.

In 2005 she made history by being elected the second woman MP for Chivi and among the few in the country at that time until 2008.

Among those who attended her funeral were several politicians including, Chivi Rural District chairman, Godfrey Huruva, aspiring Zanu PF Central Committee member, Clever Mumbengegwi who is also a former provincial chairman, Zanu PF Politiburo member, Paul Mangwana, Chivi North MP, Mathias Tongofa, Chivi District Development Coordinator, Innocent Matingwina and Masvingo based business executive and war veteran, Kudakwashe Dzoro.

Former Masvingo Province War Veterans chairman, Tranos Huruva who is also former Chivi North MP described Maziriri as a champion for the down trodden in the community as she ensured that the girl child is able to go to school against all odds.

Huruva chronicled the journey that he travelled with Maziriri from the days of the liberation struggle until she became an MP in 2005 where he played a pivotal role for her to attain the position despite resistance from other quarters.

“We worked together with Mai Maziriri for a long time and she has never betrayed the trust that the people of Chivi have in her until the time of her death. Although things were difficult she would fight for the rights of women at every level as she was so passionate about the girl child and the development of her community.

“In 2005 we teamed up as a formidable unit, as you are all aware that there were very few women MPs in the country but we ensured that she made it. It was also during the time when MDC was very strong and making inroads but we brushed the challenge aside for Mai Maziriri to become an MP.

“I would like to urge other female leaders to follow in her footsteps so that you continue from where she left,” said Huruva.

Maziriri is survived by five children, 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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