MASVINGO – Late Zanla combatant, Retired Colonel Mutero Johane Masanganise (64) who died in Masvingo on Wednesday has been declared a provincial hero, ruling party provincial chairperson, Rabson Mavhenyegwa has confirmed.
Masanganise will however, not be buried at the Provincial Heroes Acre in Masvingo after his family made presentations to have him laid to rest at his rural homestead at Mudzitiri Village in Gutu Central on Saturday.
His elder brother Professor Rangarirai Masanganise confirmed the burial arrangements for Col Masanganise who worked in the Zanla logistics departments during the liberation struggle.
Col Masanganise’s body was collected from Nyaradzo Funeral Parlour in Masvingo today after which it was taken to his house in Bushemead where it will lie in state.
A service will be held at the Reformed Church In Zimbabwe (RCZ) in Rujeko in Masvingo at 9am tomorrow (Friday). Thereaafter there will be a guard of honour at 11am at 4 Bridgade after which mourners will travel to Gutu for the burial.
Professor Masanganise said his brother’s sudden death came as a great shock as the deceased spent his last day at his farm and had also spoken to him at length on the day. He did not make any complaints about his health although he suffered from diabetes.
“After talking to him earlier in the day I called at night only to be told that he was at Masvingo Provincial Hospital and he was no longer talking. A little while later he passed on,” said Professor Masanganise.
He described his late brother as hardworking, principled, jovial and loving father, husband and sibling.
He attended schools which include Chamisa, Mutunduru and Waddilove Primary schools and Mutero Secondary school. He was a qualified mechanical engineer.
Rtd Col Masanganise who was a member of the RCZ is survived by his wife Annanciata Yeukai Masanganise knee Chibukwa, 14 children, 4 boys and 10 girls.