Midlands gala honours Kombayi


Close to 800 people braved the cold weather and thronged Midlands Hotel in Gweru on Saturday to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of former prominent Gweru business tycoon and MDC Senator for Chirumanzu-Gweru, Patrick Kombayi.
Kombayi died at his Gweru home on June 20 last year.
Four musicians, including popular Sungura musicians, Tongai Moyo, Josphat Somanje, Allan Chimbetu and popular Urban Groover Winky D kept the entertainment-starved Gweru revellers on their toes as they celebrated the late politician’s life in style.
MDC Midlands North provincial treasurer Aaron Chinhara said in an interview at the gala that it was the province’s intention to commemorate the life and contributions made by Kombayi on a yearly.
Chinhara said the Midlands province revered the late politician as a hero of the people who fought for democracy and good governance of political institutions.
“As a province, we have plans to raise money so that we make the Patrick Kombayi Gala an annual event.
“The man (Kombayi) stood for true democracy, good governance, accountability and transparency in political institutions. He was against personalisation of national institutions, as is the current situation in our politics.
“That’s why we’re putting money aside to commemorate our hero’s death on a yearly basis,” said Chinhara.
“As a new political generation, we want to be like other countries which respect their constitutions and principles of democracy.
“If you go to the United States you will not see (Barack) Obama’s portrait in offices, schools or hospitals. You will only see a flag. This is what we want. That is what Patrick Kombayi stood for.
“This is what he struggled for in his entire political career,” said Chinhara.
MDC MP for Mkoba Amos Chibaya said the Midlands community had come together to commemorate a great hero.
“We have come as a family and in solidarity to remember a great hero of democracy and anti-corruption, Patrick Kombayi,” said Chibaya.
Gweru mayor Tedious Chimombe and MDC officials in the province attended the gala.