By Shadreck Gurenje
President Mnangagwa has urged the nation and youths in particular to draw values of humility and honesty from the late National Hero Father Francis Ribeiro.
Giving his keynote address during the burial of National Hero Father Ribeiro at the National Heroes Acre today, ZANU PF First Secretary and President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa said the late Father Ribeiro was esteemed with the spirit of Ubuntu/hunhu which must be emulated by all Zimbabweans as we build a culturally upright and prosperous society.
“Unbecoming trends such as the alarming entry of destructive drugs into our jurisdiction threaten the fate of our youth. To the youth in general bring honour to your families, communities and nation. There is need therefore to redouble our collective fight against this new phenomenon of drug and other harmful substance abuse.
“Government will continue to take stern measures against this growing threat,”said President Mnangagwa.
The late National Hero Father Francis Ribeiro died last week on Thursday at St Anne’s Hospital and was declared a National Hero.
He was a man of many talents. He had outstanding musical prowess particularly in the area of church music.
Father Ribeiro also worked in several portfolios chief among them Chaplin General of the Rhodesian Prison Service, worked in the Ministry of Education and culture, St Michaels Mhondoro and at St Mary’s Highfields as a curate till time of his death.
President Mnangwa also described the late Father Ribeiro as a unique Cleric cum-nationalist who lived and demonstrated unity in the struggle. He contributed immensely to nation building and at one point chaired the committee which penned the Zimbabwean National Anthem.