By Richard Shumba
Murombo Munhu Association president and founder, Ms Alice Katsaka who recently died at Ascot has been declared a provincial hero, the family spokesperson Hilda Manyati confirmed.
Manyati said the War Veterans Associations has confirmed to the family that, the late Ms Katsaka (pictured) has been declared a provincial heroine.
“The war veterans conferred the heroine status after considering our sister’s contributions to the liberation struggle and her fight for injustice in communities,” she said.
Ms Katsaka’s death has left many residents shocked as she was known as a kind woman who desired to look after the disadvantaged members of the community.
The Association president died after a short illness on the 8th of July and will be buried on the 13th of July at the Midlands Provincial Heroes’ Acre.
Gweru United Residents Association (GURA) released a statement expressing shock on Katsaka’s death.
“On behalf of the Association, all residents of Gweru would like to convey their deepest condolences to the family and Murombo Munhu Association for the untimely death of the gallant daughter of the liberation struggle.
“We are all saddened by this tragic event. She has left a void which is impossible to fill at this demanding time,” said GURA Chairperson Charles Rutsate.
Rutsate said they pray that Ms Katsaka’s work will not go in vain.
“We all are deeply touched and pray that the lord will grant her the special place she deserves and that the children, the Association be blessed to carry on to see that her dream is fulfilled,” he said.
He encouraged members of the community to give a befitting send off.
“We encourage and ask all residents who can afford to turn up in their numbers to give the selfless heroine a befitting sendoff,” he said.
Gweru Residents and Rate Payers Association (GRRA) president Cornelius Selipiwe also expressed his deepest condolences describing Murombo Munhu founder as humorous and a prayerful woman who will be deeply remembered for her sterling contributions towards the community.
“She was one person who does not even miss out on any meeting, she was a jovial person and was always the first to volunteer to pray during meetings,” he said.
Selipiwe said the civic society fraternity feel there is a huge void that will never be filled by the untimely death of Ms Katsaka.
“Ms Katsaka played a pivotal role in fighting for the betterment of others and always wanted to see that the constitutional rights of citizens are respected,” said Selipiwe.
Ms Katsaka was born on the 10th of February 1963 and was surviving with one child Tendai Katsaka.
She was the daughter to Shabani Mabuto of Bhefura village Chibi district and her surname was adopted from her cousin staying in Chiwundura who applied for her birth certificate after her parents died during the liberation war.