Church service for late hero Pswarayi held

A church service for the late Dr Edward Munatsireyi Pswarayi was held this afternoon ( Wednesday) at the Anglican Cathedral in Harare.

Dr Edward Munatsireyi Pswarayi
Dr Edward Munatsireyi Pswarayi

Pswarayi, 87, who was conferred with the liberation hero status died last Sunday of heart related complications at St Anne’ s hospital in Harare and will be buried in Beatrice tomorrow( Thursday ).

Described as one of the first early nationalists and freedom fighters in the country, Pswarayi was one of the first black medical doctors in Zimbabwe.

He enrolled at the University of Fort Hare where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree before he graduated in Medicine in 1956 at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Pswarayi’s home in Mbare became one of the venues of nationalists meetings.

He was arrested in 1978 and detained at Chikurubi and Hwahwa prisons. He was part of the delegation to the Lancaster House talks between September and December 1979.

At independence, he became the Deputy Minister of Local Government, before serving as Deputy Minister of Health.

He is survived by his wife, 19 children, 37 grand children and five great grand children.

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