PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has mourned Gogo Dorothy Shamuyarira, who reportedly succumbed to COVID-19 at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.
Below is the President’s statement:
“I learnt with a deep sense of grief and loss of the death this morning of Amai Shamuyarira, wife of our late National Hero, long-time Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, and that of Foreign Affairs under the First Republic, and our former Secretary for Information and Publicity in the ruling Party.
“A veteran healthcare giver, Mrs Shamuyarira was part of a crop of our nursing services corps during the Liberation Struggle, and of the core team which oversaw and provided leadership in transforming the health sector during the difficult period of transition from a segregationist white minority healthcare system to a people-centred one at Independence.
“On account of her dedication and highly professional conduct, the late Amai Shamuyarira would rise to to become the Matron of the erstwhile elitist and whites-only Andrew Fleming Hospital, now Parirenyatwa Central Hospital.
“In that challenging leadership position, Amai Shamuyarira helped spearhead the transformation of the nursing profession, and of our National Health Delivery Service to make both non-racial and universally accessible to all citizens. The Nation remembers and honours her for that sterling role which she discharged with integrity and single-mindedness right up to retirement.
“On behalf of the Party, Zanu-PF, Government, my Family and on my own behalf, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the Shamuyarira Family on this their saddest loss. Our Nation joins them in mourning our Mother.
“In consoling them, I urge them to gather strength and solace from the distinguished role Dr Shamuyarira and Amai played both before and after our Independence.
“May her dear soul rest in eternal peace.”