National hero's transport woes

HARARE - Jevan Ben Maseko, a retired army general buried at the National Heroes Acre yesterday, died struggling to get reliable transport to ferry him to hospital, it has emerged.

Acting President Joice Mujuru, who officiated at the burial ceremony, said the former ambassador to Algeria, Russia and Cuba only managed to get a new vehicle a few days before his death.

Maseko’s remains were interred at the national shrine at a service attended by a crowd, with soldiers dominating those at the burial.

Mujuru described Maseko as a fearless freedom fighter and a dedicated diplomat.

She said after Maseko retired from public service in 2008, government placed him on an annually renewable contract to cushion him and his family “realising his deteriorating health condition and huge medical bills that he faced”.

“Early this year, the ambassador had indicated that he had a challenge in terms of transport to enable his family to ferry him to and from hospital.

“In response to that request, the Public Service Commission had recently delivered to him a brand new vehicle for his use,” said Mujuru.

“Sadly, Cde Maseko passed on only a few days after the delivery of the vehicle,” said Mujuru. - Staff Writers

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