GUTU – Newly elected National People's Party (NPP) chairman, Dzikamai Mavhaire has once again denigrated President Mugabe, calling upon the electorate not to vote for someone who can no longer move around freely on his own.
He said voters must look for people who still have blood in their veins and arteries and said Mugabe was literally a confined man because of old age.
Mavhaire said this at the burial of former MDC T Senator for Gutu Empire Kufachikati Makamure (78) at Chimombe Village in Gutu on Sunday.
The funeral was attended by both top echelons of the MDC T and NPP including Morgan Tsvangirai, his three vice presidents, Nelson Chamisa, Thokozani Khupe, Elias Mudzuri and Dzikamai Mavhaire shared the top table with the top MDC T leadership where Khupe sat between him and Tsvangirai.
Tsvangirai urged party members to desist from violence and warned youth that avenging spirits will not go to those who send them to commit atrocities but will hound those directly involved.
Makamure who was asthmatic died at Gutu Mission Hospital on Thursday last week after battling the illness for a long time.
"His death caught us by surprise, my father was sent to Gutu Mission Hospital on Thursday morning after he went into an attack and was accompanied by a neighbour who left him there with his car keys as he was expected to recover and drive back home. He would go into attack on occasions and would recover so we all thought he would drive back home but unfortunately it was not to be," said Tapiwa Makamure
Tsvangirai also said he lost a pillar in Makamure.
"I have lost a pillar of strength in my party; it's like teeth are being removed from my mouth. Just now I am coming from another funeral in Matebeleland where the provincial party chairperson died on Saturday in a car accident while coming from a rally," said Tsvangirai.
Makamure was born on March 5, 1939 to Chikati Merkia Makamure and Etina Fungai Makamure and was the eldest child in a family of seven.
He went to Chimedza Primary and Zimuto High until 1959 and in 1960 enrolled for diploma in education at Mutare Teachers` College.
Makamure started work as a teacher at Alheit in 1963 to 1965. He then became headmaster at age 28 at Chimombe Primary from 1966-1973. He transferred to Gomba Primary as headmaster from 1973-1987.
Makamure was promoted to District Education Officer (DEO) for Bikita in 1987 for three months and became DEO for Gutu East from 1987 to1999 when he retired.
In 2000, he joined the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) and MDC, and he was the NCA chairman for Gutu district.
In 2008 Makamure was elected Senator for Gutu District until 2013 and was elected MDC T provincial treasurer.
Makamure is survived by his wife Fungisai Dzimati Makamure, seven children and 14 grandchildren.news