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Veteran Zimbabwe Nationalist Victoria Chitepo Dies

Zimbabwe political supporters wave flags in Gutu, a rural town 220 Km's south-east of the capital [Harare], (File photo).

Victoria Chitepo, the widow of the late national hero, Hebert Chitepo, has died.

According to the state-controlled Herald newspaper, the late 89-year-old former minister, who was also a member of Zanu PF’s supreme-decision making body, the Politburo, was found dead Friday at her home by a relative.

The newspaper reports that the relative, who found her body, had visited the home to ferry Chitepo to a Zanu PF Central Committee meeting.

The newspaper says her death was confirmed by her daughter, Thokozile. Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo was not available for comment.

Herbert Chitepo, who was the chairman of Zanu, was assassinated during the liberation struggle. His death caused serious internal fights within the party with accusations that he was allegedly killed by some of his colleagues to pay the way for a new leadership of the party.

A report produced by a commission of inquiry into Chitepo’s death has never been made public in Zimbabwe. Victoria Chitepo once claimed that her husband was murdered by Zanu activists and pressed the party to investigate his killers.