Mugabe mourns Shamuyarira

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday joined the nation in mourning veteran nationalist and former government minister Nathan Shamuyarira, who died on Wednesday night at West End Hospital.

He was 85.

Mugabe said although Shamuyarira has been unwell for some time he had hoped he would recover.

Describing Shamuyarira as an intellect whose brilliance dazzled even the white supremacists, Mugabe said the late former teacher and journalist, “gave Africans a defiant sense of dignity and self worthy”.

Mugabe said he personally persuaded Shamuyarira to rejoin Zanu after he had jumped to the James Chikerma-led Frolizi.

After independence Mugabe said Shamuyarira served with distinction in his assigned portfolios.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe National Editors Forum (Zinef) also joined the nation in mourning the late Zanu PF spokesperson, who retired from active politics in 2010

Shamuyarira, a former member of the ruling party Zanu PF’s supreme governing body, politburo was described as a man who made a significant contribution in the media industry.

In a statement yesterday, Brian Mangwende, Zinef chairperson said Shamuyarira’s contribution to Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle was a matter of public record.

“Apart from having previously been minister of Information who dealt directly with the media and journalists in a progressive way despite the challenges he faced during the subsistant state of emergency in the 80s which badly affected media operations, he made history during the colonial era when he was appointed founding editor of the African Daily News in 1956,” he said.

After independence, Shamuyarira continued to serve the media industry as Information minister who respected and maintained a friendly relationship with journalists.

Mangwende added: “Even when the media environment became hostile after 2000 due to the politics at the time, Shamuyarira continued to be an honest broker of good relations between the media  and the government, for instance when international journalists were barred from covering Zimbabwe due to the conflict between the country and Western countries he was instrumental in setting the tone for re engagement and thawing of relationship with the international media which led to Sky News and other international media groups coming back to Zimbabwe including interviewing president Robert Mugabe.”

Comments (9)

If you new he was unwell and wanted he to stay a little bit longer why did you not take him with to Singapore in that big Boeng 747 nhayi Gushungo. Selfishness made zano ndega leave a blanket at the pastures..............lol

Qawe laMaqawe - 6 June 2014

Rest in peace baba

imvidzechembere walaz - 6 June 2014

Typical hypocrite RGM.

RUVARASHE GUSHUNGO - 6 June 2014

Rest in peace Comrade Shamuyarira

tichaona - 6 June 2014

Uyu akange asiri tsikidzi. Zororai murugare vaShamhuyarira.

TM - 6 June 2014

Wena phelekezela umngane wakho egodini mani

Nqwa - 7 June 2014

He is going to meet those he killed while he was a gukurahundi together with Mugabe from there he will be sent to gehena straight away the place for the evil ones , Pitigori wa yenda anga simyanya kuvharai, Haleluya thank you god

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