Nation bids farewell to trustworthy, morally upright cadre

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko pays his last respects during the funeral of national heroine Cde Shuvai Ben Mahofa in Harare yesterday

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko pays his last respects during the funeral of national heroine Cde Shuvai Ben Mahofa in Harare yesterday

Felex Share, Harare Bureau
The late Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Shuvai Ben Mahofa was a certified politician whose national heroine status cannot be spoiled by anyone, Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko said yesterday.

Addressing hundreds of mourners who gathered at the National Heroes’ Acres to bid farewell to Cde Mahofa, VP Mphoko said any attempts to use the names of national heroes and heroines for divisive politics was a betrayal to the gains of the liberation struggle.

Cde Mahofa, a Zanu-PF Politburo member from Masvingo province, died last Monday at Makurira Memorial Clinic after battling poor health for some time.

She was 76.

Cde Mahofa becomes the ninth heroine to be interred at the National Heroes’ Acre.

Said VP Mphoko: “In the late Mai Mahofa, we saw a political cadre who was straightforward, trustworthy and morally upright. She subordinated herself to the party leadership and embraced wholeheartedly the work and assignments she was given.

“She hailed from the generation of principled cadres who never hesitated to make sacrifices for the people. This is not something we can say about many today without risking contradicting ourselves. She was complete in herself. As such there is no need for anyone to spoil her status to seek to hijack it for the purpose to advancing any narrow or sinister agenda. National heroes and heroines like Cde Mahofa are by definition figures and rallying points of nationalism.”

Cde Mahofa was a founding member of the Zanu-PF Women’s League and at the time of her death, she was the wing’s secretary for security.

VP Mphoko said during the liberation struggle, Cde Mahofa distinguished herself as a trailblasing war collaborator and political commissar — feats not for the faint-hearted. “Being a war collaborator demanded as much courage, bravery, discipline and vision as a trained guerilla combatant,” VP Mphoko said.

“She worked in cahoots with the late Dr Simon Mazorodze to ensure that medical provisions, clothes, food and other accessories were received in the war front. I am told that in turn, the comrades trained her in the handling of array of weapons as she was also responsible for coordinating the carriage of weapons for the Zanla combatants. The freedom fighters relied heavily on the support and cooperation they received from the war collaborators.”

He added: “War collaborators were brave men and women, courageous boys and girls who were in the line of fire both from the enemy if they were caught assisting the freedom fighters and from the comrades if they sold them out to the enemy.

“She dared do what some men could not do, working in the line of fire as if things were normal. She experienced it all, seeing others lose their lives, limbs, the shedding of innocent blood by the enemy all for the sake of liberating this country. No price was too big to pay for Mai Mahofa, not even with her life if that was it would have cost her to liberate her country from the hands of the Rhodesian settlers.”

VP Mphoko said the portfolios Cde Mahofa held was ample testimony to her “impeccable” war credentials which later shaped her strong character as a public officer in Zanu-PF and Government.

“Politically, she rose through the party ranks to the Politburo level,” he said.

“In Government, she worked in Local Government as an officer in Gutu district before assuming ministerial appointments. She was appointed Deputy Minister for Women Affairs and Political Affairs and Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs. She has served as a legislator in both the lower and upper Houses of Parliament.”

VP Mphoko said the youths should emulate Cde Mahofa.

“All she asked of our youths and us all is to continue to guard jealously the country we call Zimbabwe and ensure that it remains free, independent and a sovereign country,” he said.

“It would be a great betrayal to Mai Mahofa and to all the heroes and heroines who lie here and elsewhere who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of their country. All they ask of us is that we keep our Zimbabwe and for the present and future generations. Independence has been bequeathed to us and it is economic independence that we have to fight for now. The economy has to be grown by us.”

Born in 1941 in Chivi, Cde Mahofa attended Chibi Mission and Morgenster Mission schools.

She attained a Diploma in General Nursing in 1960 after training at Morgenster Mission.

In 1973, she enrolled for a Diploma in Community Development at Domboshava Training Centre and was active in early nationalist politics that saw her joining the National Democratic Party before joining Zapu in 1960 and then Zanu in 1963.

She was the first woman council chairperson for Gutu District in the early 80s.

She was Gutu South Member of Parliament between 1985 and 2008.

She also served as the first Zanu-PF Women’s League provincial leader for Masvingo in the 1980s.

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  • Wellington

    We still await the war that some bootlickers had promised us in the event that Mphoko addresses mouners at the heroes acre

    • Mahofa

      That stupid useless Ndebele idiot Mboko

  • God of War

    How is she morally upright yet she was married 7 times and she always fomented violence during election time. Good riddance that she is dead; she was rubbish.

    • disorderly conduct

      Is getting married 7 times related to being morally upright, don’t be a moron. Where you raised in a Shebeen??

      • God of War

        If being married 7 times is normal to you then i feel pity for you. Your moral compass is broken because your parents failed to instil good morals in you. I wouldn’t be surprised if your mum was or is a prostitute because they are the only ones who would support such buffoonery. Imbecile!!!

        • disorderly conduct

          Where in my comment did I involve your mom, so you are good at insulting other people’s moms huh???

          • God of War

            Are you touched that i said exactly what your mum is? She should have been at home teaching you good morals instead of selling her disease riddled body.

          • Prince of War

            That’s a good one; a perfectly-timed killer blow. This should permanently ‘silence’ disorder. I doff my hat to you, boss!

          • disorderly conduct

            permanently silence your mom’s behind from farting first!!

          • Simon

            Hello Roddy kkkk

          • disorderly conduct

            Hello Simon how are you today, what I hate about you is that you always recognise that I’m that same who used to call himself Rod Strictland!!.

          • disorderly conduct

            What do you know about women selling their bodies unless if you talking about what you grew up seeing your mom, sisters and aunts doing.

          • God of War

            I got you first son; go home and think of something more intelligent to say and then come and comment here.

          • disorderly conduct

            I admit you got me right there kid. You beat me all lights out. I’m looking up at you from the canvas. You floored me like how Busta Douglas, floored Mike Tyson in Japan. You beat me like how Can-I-Bus ate LL Cool J in a Gansta Rap Sh*t lyrical contest. At least you borrowing a leaf from my book, that’s great kid.

          • disorderly conduct

            I don’t have the stomach for this any more. I most likely won’t fight any more. I’m not going to disrespect this game by losing to this calibre of fighter.

          • kedibone

            You’re a Mad, Stupid Fcuk!!

        • disorderly conduct

          Iwe mwana we pfambi/whure, usade kundinzwa, futsek mani!!
          Wena mntanewule/khikhitha ungazong’sukela fuseki mani!!

          Beche/Mheche/Gongo/Gambi/Mhata/Mbutu yamai vako!!
          Mbumbu/Golo/Sbumbu sikanyoko!!

          Rinemakonye nekungofongoreswa richibayiwa mumabhawa!!
          Elilezbungu ngokudunusiswa lizekwa emabhawa!!

        • disorderly conduct

          Imi ambga imi muzvibate murimunhu mukuru manzwa, mazichende amakasenga awo amuwawoni!!

          Wena nja wena uzikhuze ungumntomdala, ingavula zamasende owalengisileyo lawo uyawasola.!!

          • God of War

            Write in English son; i can’t read any of the vernacular languages.

      • Shoko

        She married seven times each time taking someone else’s husband and also being the ZANU bitch to almost every other ‘senior’. She was disrespectful to people lower than her and often used used violence in ‘getting her man’ and in the elections. Masvingo disowned her a long time ago and dont know how the bitch is a hero. Good riddance!

  • Mwalimu

    Any mention of Chatikobo?

    • Ras Makate (Mutunhu une Mago)

      Not only him (and the burnt rival’s house), a record seven marriages to toyboys no less than 15 years her junior each time.

  • wordfanece


  • disorderly conduct

    I’m no longer fascinated by fighting with people on this forum.I now find it boring and time consuming. So when I comment, please if your comments are not positive don’t engage me, I don’t have the stomach for this any more. I most likely won’t fight any more. I’m not going to disrespect this game by losing to the calibre of fighters like God of War, Jofa, Simon, Dr Do little, Essexvale, Mtshayazabotshe, ROYAL MTHWAKAZI and Dumi. I use many Alter Egos amongst them Zikode, Sgonondo, Rod Strictland and Mairos Chibhanguza.

  • Roscoe

    In death, her life is complete