Victoria Chitepo dies

HARARE - Liberation struggle stalwart Victoria Chitepo — widow of the revered late national hero Herbert Chitepo — was found dead in her Harare home yesterday, President Robert Mugabe announced.

Opening Zanu PF’s central committee meeting at the ruling party’s headquarters in the capital, Mugabe said the respected Victoria, 89, was found dead in her bathroom by her daughter.

A member of Zanu PF’s central committee until her death, Victoria was said to have been preparing to attend yesterday’s meeting when she died, with the daughter who found her body the one who was supposed to have picked her up and driven her to the get-together.

“We received the sad news of the death of Victoria Chitepo this morning. We heard she was preparing to come for this meeting when she just collapsed and passed away.

“Apparently, we are told she was alone when it happened and was found by her daughter who had gone there to pick her to this meeting.

“She was one of us politically, one of us politically and physically … it is a loss to all of us,” a sombre Mugabe said.

In a rare display of emotion in public, the modest Victoria claimed in 2001 that her husband’s violent death in exile in Zambia in 1975 was an internal Zanu job. She went on to demand unsuccessfully that his killers be brought to book.

He husband died when a car bomb, placed in his Volkswagen Beetle the night before, exploded.

He and Silas Shamiso, one of his bodyguards, were killed instantly.

The explosion sent part of the car onto the roof of his house and uprooted a tree next door. Hours later, one of his neighbours died of injuries he sustained in the explosion.

Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda commissioned an inquiry into Chitepo’s death, with documents released in October 2001 placing the blame on Zanu infighting.

Comments (2)

R.I.P Mai Chitepo,

X-MAN IV - 9 April 2016

Farewell mother,sister comrade in arms.will miss yu and again ,thank yu for the dresses n food when I pitched up at yo house in Tanzania.farewell cde ma.

viola gwena - 10 April 2016

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