ZANU-PF’s Central Committee member Cde Patricia Mohadi, the sister to Home Affairs Minister Cde Kembo Mohadi, was buried at her rural home in Mtetengwe in Beitbridge District yesterday. Cde Mohadi, who died on Sunday following a short illness, was declared a liberation war heroine.
She had been admitted at Beitbridge District Hospital a few weeks ago.
Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Mohadi homestead to bid her farewell.
The veteran politician (50) was honoured with a three gun salute.
Speaker after speaker spoke well of Cde Mohadi describing her as a tireless and dedicated liberation war heroine who was totally committed to Zanu-PF.
In a gravesite eulogy, Zanu-PF provincial chairperson for Matabeleland South Cde Andrew Langa described the late Cde Mohadi as true daughter of the soil who would be greatly missed.
“People should emulate Cde Mohadi who worked tirelessly throughout her life in ensuring that peace and development prevailed across the country. This is a sad loss to the Zanu-PF family and the whole country.
“I am sure she died a happy person after achieving some of her goals including helping Zanu-PF win the just ended harmonised elections.
“Patricia had proved to be a hard worker from the days of the liberation struggle until the moment of her death,” he said.
Cde Langa also called on the youths to work tirelessly in safeguarding the gains of independence and maintain peace in honour of Cde Mohadi and other fallen gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe.
Minister Mohadi described his sister as a unifier and a larger than life character, saying she left a void that would be difficult to fill.
“This is a sad loss and the last time I visited her on Sunday she gave us false hope and appeared to be getting better.
“She was a unifying figure in the family and Zanu-PF, which is the reason why we have a lot of mourners from all over the country and several other relatives from South Africa,” he said.
Cde Mohadi said Patricia became an active politician at the age of 13 and later joined the liberation struggle.
He said his sister had suffered a lot at the hands of Rhodesian forces during the war of liberation.
“She would take care of our parents when we joined the war and that inspired her to also join politics at a tender age. Since that time she never looked back. We will greatly miss her,” he said.
The late Cde Mohadi is survived by two daughters. She was the last born in a family of six children, three sons and three daughters.
Among the mourners were the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner- General Augustine Chihuri, the Deputy Minister for Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Abigail Damasane, former Deputy President of the Senate, Cde Naison Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu, Zanu-PF Matabeleland South deputy provincial chairperson Cde Rabelani Choeni and officials from different Government departments.