MDC-T Senator for Masotsha-Ndlovu constituency in Bulawayo, Enna Chitsa, has died.
She was 65.
Chitsa’s daughter, Victoria Fungai Ncube, told NewsDay yesterday that her mother had been admitted to hospital four times before she died.
“My mother had been ill for a long time. She was admitted to Mater Dei Hospital four times since November after she was diagnosed with many diseases, including diabetes and low blood pressure,” she said.
Ncube narrated events leading to her mother’s death.
“Early this morning (yesterday) she just said she was having stomach pains, she said she wanted me to bring her fruits and her temperature had shot up.
Later on, she said I should bring her a fan and when I came back, she was already struggling to breathe. And at exactly a quarter past five in the morning, she passed on,” she said.MDC-T national deputy spokesperson Thabita Khumalo told NewsDay the death of Chitsa marked a sad day for the party.
“We have lost a cadre, one of the founder members of the MDC-T, a renowned trade unionist. Her death means a huge loss to the Bulawayo people, the labour movement and the MDC-T family,” she said.
Ncube said her mother would be buried on Monday morning.
“The place of burial is yet to be discussed by members of the family,” she said.
Chitsa is survived by three children, two sons and a daughter.
Her husband Never Ncube died in February 2007.
The late Senator was born on April 14, 1946.
After completing her studies in hospitality management, Chitsa worked for the Holiday Inn Hotels for 21 years from 1976 to 1997 holding several positions.
From 1976 to 2001, she was a member of the Hotel and Catering Workers’ Union and rose through the ranks from a branch secretary to provincial secretary of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU). In 1995, Senator Chitsa was elected the third vice-president of the ZCTU up to 2001. She joined the MDC at its formation in 1999 and was elected as the Bulawayo provincial chairperson. Chitsa was elected Senator for Masotsha-
Ndlovu in March 2008.
Mourners are gathered at house number 3161 Luveve 4 in the city.