HARARE: Shuvai Ben Mahofa, the national heroine who passed on last Monday phoned several top Zanu-PF officials just hours before her death, it has emerged.

In her final phone calls she was encouraging them to ensure the ruling party remained united. Among those she called were Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri; National Assembly Deputy Speaker Mabel Chinomona, and Zanu-PF Politburo member Cleveria Chizema.

The state media say she telephoned Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri 10 times from around 10pm on August 13, 2017 and constantly relayed a single message about  unity ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections.

The 11th phone call that came from Mahofa’s residence between 3am and 4am on August 14, was informing Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri of the Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister’s death.

 Mahofa (76) died last Sunday at Makurira Memorial Clinic in Masvingo after a long illness, and will be buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare today. state media