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Emotional send-off for MDC heroes

BUHERA-Three MDC activists who were killed in a car crash as they returned from the party’s 11th anniversary in Gokwe were all buried Wednesday last week, with hundreds of mourners joining the funeral procession while many others gave them an emotional send off.

Relatives of MDC St Mary’s district secretary Alex Magunda,31, Loveless Sango, the St Mary’s district vice chair, 58 and Innocent Muzuva, 35, the St Mary’s Ward 1 Youth Assembly secretary, were accompanied by hundreds of members of the MDC as they gave them a send off at a memorial service at St Mary’s Hall on Tuesday last week.

Some of the mourners carried banners with slogans such as “Heroes for Real Change” and while some carried banners in a show of support for the MDC. The three were later transported to their rural homes where they were eventually buried.

Muzuva was buried in Chihota, Sango at the Unit L Cemeteries in Chitungwiza and Mugunda was laid to rest at Mudanda village in Buhera. The three MDC cadres were killed while 12 others were critically injured when the Toyota Hilux they were travelling in was involved in an accident with the vehicle of Women Affairs deputy minister Evelyn Masaiti at the 79km peg along the Gokwe/ Kwekwe road.

Alex Magunda's coffin is carried by his comrades in Buhera

Masaiti has apologised to the families, and said she had been forced to cancel her trip to Germany this weekend to attend the funeral. Tsvangirai was equally devastated with the deaths, which he said tragically coincided with the MDC anniversary. “Our colleagues were tragically taken away from us in our moment of celebration,” Tsvangirai said. Changing Times