PRESIDENT Mugabe was yesterday (Thursday) expected to join mourners at the burial of Mbuya Matadzisei Tangwena (nee Madziwanzira) at Nyafaro in Nyanga.
The widow of the late liberation war icon and national hero, Chief Rekai Tangwena, died of a respiratory ailment in Harare last Wednesday.
She was accorded a State assisted funeral for the role she played during the liberation struggle.
She is remembered as a distinguished spirit medium, who at the peak of the liberation struggle instructed her late husband, Chief Tangwena to guide President Mugabe and Cde Edgar Tekere to cross into Mozambique.
In a telephone interview on Wednesday, family spokesperson, Mr Israel Tangwena, confirmed the burial.
"We have just passed Ruwa on our way to Nyafaro for the burial, which is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday). She will lay in state at her Nyafaro home before burial on Thursday.
"We want to thank everyone for their support in according Mbuya Tangwena a befitting send-off," said Mr Tangwena.
He said Mbuya Tangwena left a daughter, Joyce and several grandchildren.
Meanwhile, the wife of incumbent Chief Tangwena, Ella nee Nyazika (80), who was pronounced dead on arrival at Nyanga District Hospital on Sunday night was laid to rest in Tangwena area on Wednesday.
In a telephone interview from Nyanga, Mbuya Tangwena's second daughter, Angeline Tangwena, said her mother suffered from ulcers and hypertension.
"Our mother has not been well of late. On Sunday afternoon, she vomited around 12-midday, but we did not take it seriously. She vomited again at around 4pm as well as after supper. We suspected that she was suffering from malaria and planned to take her to hospital the following day. We retired to bed and at around 11pm, she requested for a cool drink and we gave her. She just gasped and stopped breathing. We were at our daddy's farm in Troutbeck when all this happened.
"We rushed her to Nyanga District Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival," she said.
Mbuya Tangwena is survived by her husband, Chief Tangwena, five girls, a boy, 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.