Zimbabwe ex-lawmaker with 12 wives, 79 children dies of Covid-19

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A former Zimbabwean lawmaker representing Mutasa North, Hon. Luke Phibion Masamvu, has died in capital town of Harare from coronavirus-related complications.

The former parliamentarian, who was a well-known businessman in Manicaland province died aged 63, leaving behind a total of 12 wives and 79 children.

Brother to the ex lawmaker and family spokesperson, Mr. John Masamvu said mourners were gathered at the family’s Airedale Farm along the Rusape-Nyanga Highway for receival of commiserations.

“It is a very sad day for the entire Masamvu family. We have lost a big family man who also served his country in Parliament,” John was quoted as saying when addressing mourners who gathered.

Hours after news of the death went viral across news platforms, tributes started pouring in from across the poverty-stricken country.

Deputy Minister for Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Hon. Tinoda Machakaire described the death of Luke Masamvu as a huge loss.

He said; “I was really saddened to learn of the untimely passing on of the former Honourable MP and businessman Cde LP Masamvu”.

Hon. Luke Masamvu’s close friend, Mr Misheck Mugadza, said: “We have lost an accomplished businessman, a family man and personal mentor.

“He lost his parliamentary seat after falling by the wayside during the 2018 ZANU PF primary elections”.

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