It was an emotional sent off by citizens to one of the longest serving members of the opposition and two time Mayor of the town of Redcliff, Clayton Masiyatsva in Chipinge his home area.
By WEZHIRA MUNYA
Thousands of citizens from all over the country came together yesterday in Chipinge to bid farewell and pay their respects to the late Masiyatsva, former Mayor of Redcliff Town.
The funeral took place on January 28th, 2024, following Mayor Masiyatsva’s sudden death on January 24th after a brief illness.
The funeral ceremony saw the attendance of prominent figures, including Mkoba North MP, veteran politician firebrand, Amos Chibaya, former Chipinge MP, Prosper Mutseyami, Monica Mukwada, Happymore Chidziva, as well as mayors from other cities, councillors from other cities, towns and Redcliff as well management and staff from the home town and beyond, friends and relatives.
Chibaya expressed deep sadness over the loss of a true democrat who had worked closely with the late MDC much loved president Dr Morgan Tsvangirai and former CCC president Nelson Chamisa.
Mayor Masiyatsva was known for his collaboration with president Tsvangirai and president Chamisa in their efforts to promote democracy.
Mukwada, former CCC national women taskforce leader, described Mayor Masiyatsva as a dedicated champion for change and an exemplary leader who served Redcliff with distinction.
Unfortunately, he passed away before completing his term, despite having a great vision for transforming Redcliff into a town that would provide world-class services, including clean water.
Mayor Councillor Alec Tabe of Masvingo City expressed his devastation at the loss of the hardworking Mayor Masiyatsva, highlighting his ambitious plans to improve the fortunes of Redcliff.
Chidziva, who had worked alongside Masiyatsva for over 20 years fighting for democracy described him as a dear friend to the Redcliff community and beyond.
May Mayor Masiyatsva’s soul rest in eternal peace.