Shamuyarira died a pauper

HARARE - Nathan Shamuyarira, the former Cabinet minister and politburo member, died  “poor” and his wife Dorothy could not even visit him in hospital because of financial constraints, President Robert Mugabe and relatives said yesterday.

Mugabe, who arrived in his luxurious Mercedes Benz S600, was spared the nightmare of dogging potholes, after authorities had earlier swiftly fixed the road leading to Shamuyarira’s home, which was quickly painted just after his death.

When the Daily News visited Shamuyarira’s house yesterday, it reflected signs of age and abandonment.

Shamuyarira died on Wednesday and will be buried today at the National Heroes Acre.

Relatives of the late veteran nationalist yesterday appealed to Mugabe to help the widowed Dorothy, who is sick and struggling to make ends meet.

“We are appealing to the Mashonaland West province to take care of Mai Shamuyarira because she is reserved and cannot tell you her problems. She was even struggling to raise money to visit baba (father) in hospital when he was ill but she could not tell anyone. It is her character,” said a relative who spoke after Mugabe.

Mugabe himself had earlier admitted that his former comrade, who refused a farm, had died a poor man.

“He knew what he stood for, very simple and you could not suspect him of any corruption. He died a poor man and this was Nathan, but rich of course in his views,” said Mugabe to a gathering that included government ministers, who had arrived at the funeral riding on some of the latest vehicles on the market.

Close relatives of Shamuyarira said Philip Chiyangwa and Webster Shamu, who both hail from Mashonaland West, were among the few persons in Zanu PF, who were supporting the “leading light” in his last inglorious days.

Margaret Dongo, who in the 1990s crossed swords with the late Shamuyarira, told the Daily News yesterday that in his last days,  the former journalist wanted her close — “presumably to share his misery.”

“He sent someone for me when he was sick. The person who was fixing electrical gadgets at his home told me that he was always talking about me. When I paid him a visit the situation was deplorable.

“Politicians whom he had worked with did not come to see him. He was not even aware of what was happening in the country. I think he wanted me to see how he was living because he knew I would never keep quiet about it,”  said Dongo.

According to Dongo, Shamuyarira’s house was painted on Thursday in a desperate attempt to mask the signs of neglect that the once powerful man was enduring.

“Zanu PF has a tendency of forgetting its own, only to sing praises when the person is dead. Unfortunately, they are going to talk only about the positives. I am so disappointed that a house is painted around 4pm. When I left the place at 6pm on Wednesday, they were still painting the house. The road leading to his home was only repaired after his death so as to enable the president to pass.

“When I visited him just before his death, I could see that he had something in his heart that he wanted to say, that is why he invited me so that I would let the world know.”

Comments (14)

A free farm is not the answer to everything, if you get it without labour and inputs, it's as good as not having one. Does Mugabe and his ZANU PF think that a free farm is the end of poverty or panacea to all problems? Sad.

Davidzo - 8 June 2014

Corruption has destroyed the "HUNHU) of the ZanuPF leadership. How could they leave Nathan and Dorothy languish in such poverty when these two had done so much for Zimbabwe? Mending the road and painting the house when Nathan had already died? Oh God!

Sekuru Ndaronga - 8 June 2014

If you want other people to plan for your life as if urichirema unofa uchitambura wozoti vanhu havandide. God gave us two hands to use and brain to think period the rest do it alone

jm kanhu kako - 8 June 2014

Can a whole minister for so many years as Shamuyarira expect government and the party to look after him for life. Why didnt he plan for his own retirement or death?

Perfect Moyo - 8 June 2014

No! No! No! You cannot disrespect a true revolutionary in the nature of Shamu in this way. He and his family were and are entitled to a pension. We all know what happened to our savings and investments as the economy sank deeper and deeper prior to 2009. It is our collective responsibility as a nation to look after our pensioners and Cde Shamu is no exception. Maybe if we had a good pension scheme Cde Mudede and Zvoma could also consider retiring.

New Tekere - 8 June 2014

Aaah, iwe Tekere Mutsva, uchiri kutaura nezve Pension Fund? That was the reason why it was set up, but if some greedy ZPF guys decided to vandalise it, then its now every man for himself and God for us all. Lets not single out anyone, the whole ZPF govt was responsible for the destruction of such structures, hence kutadza kurongeka kwakadai. I bet you he is probably not the only one in the party, vakawanda vabereki vavo kumusha uko vari kukanga waya iwo vachidya mari dzeuori, vakazofa wozoona kumusha kwavo, wozoti dai takavaitirawo this and that. May your soul rest in peace though Nathan. Zvinonzi wafa anaka!

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 9 June 2014

There is an Amarock double cab without number plates but written all over Zanu Pf and Gushungo praises. The car is in bad shape i f you look at it but the engine seems to be ok. Is it allowed to move around with acar without number plates like that????? Kungobvunzo hangu!!!!!

KingZaka|| - 9 June 2014

So Dorothy will eat HEROES ACRE now that Nathan lies there. She won't fail to raise money for a kombI to carry her with flowers to Nathan's grave at HEROES ACRE.

WAFAWANAKA - 9 June 2014

But remember the people of Zimbabwe fought to liberate themselves before the self-serving RGM personalized everything. RGM even brought the satanic Rev Ngochani Banana to help him gradually consolidate his power take over.

KURONGAHONDO - 9 June 2014

But remember the people of Zimbabwe fought to liberate themselves before the self-serving RGM personalized everything. RGM even brought the satanic Rev Ngochani Banana to help him gradually consolidate his power take over.

KURONGAHONDO - 9 June 2014

Hear me my fellow countrymen. This country is so fucked up that most ministers will never leave government voluntarily. All their working lives after independence they've only lived on the State's generosity. Why do you thing all those grey-heard Dodos still hang around Gushungo? For them it's too cold out there - thanks to their ass-licking approach. Meanwhile we ordinary folks are told to continue tightening our belts as we wallow in poverty.

Master Beta - 9 June 2014

Hapana chekunzwira tsitsi apa. Naiyewo was a problem causer we situation iripo iyi iri munyika. Monzwa tsitsi nemhunhu akatadza kuronga.

Dota - 9 June 2014

Amen! This man refused to marshal on in the days of "madoda sibili". Akati madoda sibili madoda sibili tichiuraya nyika.

tapiwa - 10 June 2014

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