Politicians, friends and relatives have described ex-cabinet minister and politburo member Nathan Shamuyarira who died Wednesday night as a veteran nationalist and revolutionary icon who put the country’s interests first.
Dr David Parirenyatwa was among Zanu PF politburo members, government officials and relatives who were by his bedside when he died, from a chest infection complication.
He had been in and out of hospital for some time.
Mourners who had gathered at his house in Borrowdale who included Fay Chung who served with him in cabinet and Minister of State for Harare province Cde Miriam Chikukwa said the country has lost a man who dedicated his life to serving his country.
Ben Mabika and Lovemore Chihota who were close friends with Cde Shamuyarira and Cde Shamuyarira’s nephew Samson Guramombe said Zimbabwe has lost a rare breed of a cadre.
Nathan Shamuyarira was born on the 28th of September 1930. He was 83.
He qualified as a primary school teacher after attending Waddilove institute.
He then taught at Tegwani School in Plumtree while at the same time studying for his secondary education.
In 1956 Shamuyarira became the first black African editor of the Daily News and rose to become the Editor-in-Chief of the African Newspapers Limited from 1959 to 1962.
He also worked as a lecturer at the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland before going to Princeton University in the United States where he studied political science.
He was the appointed lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania where he was also Zanu’s secretary for external affairs.
Shamuyarira left government in 2000 to concentrate on his work in the Zanu PF party where he was Secretary for Information and Publicity.
At the time of his death he was a member of the Zanu PF politburo.
Mourners are gathered at Number 68 Deacon Drive in Borrowdale.