BUHERA: The long serving Mutare executive mayor Alderman Lawrance Mudehwe who died at a private West End Clinic in Harare on Wednesday after a long illness was declared a Provincial hero yesterday (Friday) by President Mnangagwa.
He will be burried tomorrow Sunday at the Manicaland Provincial shrine where Zanu PF Manicaland Provincial Chairperson Mike Madiro will preside over the burial.
Alderman Mudehwe died after battling with stomach pains for a long time and was living in Harare at the time of his death.
He was a member of the ruling party’s National Consultative Assembly (NCA) who at one point defied the party’s directive and stood as an independent in the 1995 Mayoral elections, which he went on to win.
A letter written by ZANU PF Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu to Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda and in the hands of The Mirror confirmed the conferment of the popular politician and long serving city father a Provincial hero status.
“His Excellency, the President and First Secretary of ZANU PF Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has conferred a Liberation Hero status to the late Alderman Lawrance Dambudzo Mudehwe who died on the the 10th of August 2022 and will be buried at the Provincial Heroes Acre, Mutare. The family can be contacted through Manicaland Provincial office” read part of the letter.
“I shall be most grateful if could make the usual arrangements for his burial and payment of benefits to his family” Mpofu said in the letter.
Family member Gesta Mudehwe told The Mirror that the family is grateful for honouring his uncle who served the City of Mutare as both ceremonial and executive mayor with distinction and humility.
“He served well with clarity, distinction and humility. We are ever grateful for the conferment” Gesta said in a telephone interview with The Mirror.
Alderman Mudehwe, who served as both ceremonial and executive mayor for more than 13 years, is credited for pioneering the Pungwe Water Project that was engineered by a Swedish company, Skanska.
The project saw Mutare drawing water from the perrenial Pungwe River through gravitational flow.
He first served as a ceremonial mayor from October 1990 to November 1995 before being elected as an executive mayor from November 1995 to August 2003.
During his time, he became a teacher, a school head, a councillor, a mayor, a human resources officer, a warehouse manager, a librarian and a politician.