Zanu PF Women’s League chairperson Oppah Muchinguri was booed by mourners at veteran politician Thenjiwe Lesabe’s funeral service last Friday
as she took to the podium to convey her party’s eulogy.
As if that was not enough embarrassment, Muchinguri had to leave the podium in a huff after the public address system apparently failed when she was about to address the gathering.
The incident occurred in full view of over 1 000 mourners gathered at the late Zapu stalwart’s funeral service at Large City Hall in Bulawayo.
It could not be verified whether the generator-powered PA system had developed a genuine technical hitch or it was a deliberate ploy to embarrass the Zanu PF official whose party denied Lesabe national heroine status.
Some people could be heard shouting: “Because you are Zanu PF that is why the system has collapsed.”
Others could be heard saying the late Lesabe did not want anyone from Zanu PF to address mourners that is why the system collapsed.
Soon after her abrupt departure, Prime Minister and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai addressed the gathering — without the PA system — where he criticised Zanu PF’s national hero selection process as flawed.
“It is sad that even if someone contributed immensely to the liberation of this country like Lesabe, they cannot be given hero status because he or she is not loyal to a certain party,” said Tsvangirai.
Speaker after speaker denounced Zanu PF for monopolising the national shrine and using it to reward its cadres.
President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa are on record as saying only Zanu PF cadres will be buried at the national shrine.
Lesabe who died at the age of 79, was buried at her farm in Fort Rixon, Insiza, on Saturday.