Maria Msika: Msikas Now Fourth Couple at Heroes Acre

Harare - The widow of former Vice President Joseph Musika, Maria Msika will be entombed at the national shrine, together with her husband to become the fourth couple to lay at the graveyard. 

The other couples are: Simon and Maud Mzenda, Edson and Julia Zvobgo and Joshua and Johanna Nkomo.

The national heroine status bestowed on Msika was announced by Zanu PF Politburo member and Defence Minister, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi at the Msika residence in Harare. 

First Lady Grace Mugabe championed for Maria to be bestowed the heroine status, saying she contributed immensely to the struggle by supporting her husband when he was in prison and the children during the liberation struggle.
The Late Maria Msika and Husband Joseph

Born Maria Matumo on 17 March 1928 in Botswana - she came to the then Rhodesia to study at Ashyre Insititute in Matabeleland where she met the late Vice-President Msika.

Meanwhile, relatives and those who knew Msika, have described her as a humble and loving person who loved unity and exhibited this important role even during the liberation struggle.

Her son, Mr Maxwell Taguma Msika said during the liberation struggle, her mother used to look after extended families, among them, freedom fighters. Other family members said Gogo Msika was a God fearing woman of virtue.

The liberation struggle saw different families living together and the effort of mothers as unifiers contributed to the success of the liberation struggle.

The late Msika couple was survived by children Dr Wilfred Msika, Bertinha, Lewis (all late) and Lucia, Shelton and Maxwell as well as eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Msika died last Friday and mourners are gathered at house number 11, Nigels Lane, Coln Valley near Borrowdale Primary School. - Online Sources

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