Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent
THE late liberation hero Cde Benjamin Burman Muvuti has been described as a unifier and employment creator who dedicated his life to developing the region.
Cde Muvuti, 80, was buried yesterday at Lady Stanely Cemetery after succumbing to renal failure on Christmas Eve.
Addressing scores of people who attended the burial, the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Bulawayo Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo said Cde Muvuti was accorded liberation hero status because of his contribution to the development of the city and region.
She said he was a senior Zanu-PF member who assisted people from all walks of life.
“He knew no political, tribal grounds when it came to assisting Zimbabweans, especially Bulawayo residents. Cde Muvuti was dedicated and readily available to assist, advise the party without expecting any rewards, such as positions,” said Cde Moyo.
She said: “Because of his zeal for development, he worked very closely with most senior national political leaders such as the late Father Zimbabwe Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, Joseph Msika and John Nkomo. He also worked with other late national heroes like Nathan Shamuyarira, Enos Mzombi Nkala and Maurice Nyagumbo,” Cde Moyo said.
She said Cde Muvuti was one of the mediators during the post independence Zanu-PF and PF-Zapu talks that gave birth to the Unity Accord.
Cde Moyo said Cde Muvuti made significant contributions in business circles where he mentored several blacks into starting companies.
She said he was one of the first blacks to grasp issues of black empowerment.
Cde Moyo said Cde Muvuti was among the country’s most successful insurance brokers and nurtured renowned blacks in the same business.
“He introduced young people like the late Hebson Nyashanu who later introduced people like Chief Bango into the insurance business. There are many others who were empowered by Cde Muvuti before a number of blacks could understand what empowerment entailed,” said Cde Moyo.
She said he moved from insurance to exporting and importing goods.
Cde Moyo said Cde Muvuti was a devout Christian who always tried to bring politicians closer to God through inviting pastors to pray for the party.
Business people said they were poorer without his wisdom.
“He was a business coach to some of us. He led us in many ways. He taught us the importance of having insurance for our properties,” said Ernest Marima who was among the hundreds who attended Cde Muvuti’s funeral service at Selborne Park Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Other speakers said Cde Muvuti was a man of integrity and a no-nonsense businessman.
His family expressed gratitude to the government for recognising Cde Muvuti’s contibution to development.
Some of the notable figures who attended his burial include Bulawayo businessman and Zimpapers board Chairman Delma Lupepe, former National Railways of Zimbabwe board Chairman Alvord Mabena.
Also in attendance were Zanu-PF senior party members including Bulawayo provincial chairman Cde Dennis Ndlovu, Cdes Absolom Sikhosana and Molly Mpofu among others.