Hundreds of mourners Tuesday thronged Machipisa Shopping Centre in Highfield to honour the late music promoter and businessman, James “Jimmy Jimalo” Chiyangwa as his body was taken to his bar for parade before being ferried to Chiyangwa Village in Zvimba where he will be buried today.
The turnout was totally amazing and several mourners from Highfield said they would certainly travel to Zvimba to witness the burial as the late Chiyangwa was of great help to the community.
“He was like our true hero so we are going to Zvimba and we will perform dances and songs celebrating his life which is something he always wanted,” said a mourner.
A group of ladies wearing bandanas around their heads written “Jimmy Jimalo” or “MaSista” said the headgear was dedicated to the late because whenever the late Jimallo met them he would shout out “MaSista, maSista.”
“After we take him via his sports bar we are going to take his body to our rural home where it will spend the night in our rural home, according to our custom, and then we will bury him at around tomorrow( today),”
said family spokesperson Phillip Chiyangwa.
He said before the burial they would have yet another church service, body viewing and testimonials and speeches.
“It’s tough, but it happens, guys,” said the late Chiyangwa’s Australia-based son, Mike, who returned to bury his father.
Also present at the funeral were government officials, Media, Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu, former Harare mayor Charles Tavengwa and Transport and Infrastructural Development minister Nicholas Goche, amongst others.
Chiyangwa passed away on Saturday at a private hospital after a long struggle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Agnes and five children, Rita, James, Devaris, Raymond and Mike.