The late Beitbridge headman Judah Kohomela who died last week, left behind 35 children, 3 wives and 68 grandchildren.
He was 81.
Mr. Kohomela died after a short illness during which he was admitted at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo, and was accorded a State-assisted funeral.
“We have lost a real father in the real sense. He was a man who was keen to teach and a perfectionist. He was a real leader and this is a loss not only to us, but an entire community of Beitbridge,” Rodney Mbedzi, a relative said.
Mbedzi, who is also a councillor in Kohomela’s ward 9 area, said the deceased had 29 kraalheads under his headmanship and had personal relationships with all people.
“The number of mourners here can tell you what type of a man he was. It’s a pity he failed to access health facilities on time,” another relative said pointing to the close to 800 mourners.
Beitbridge West legislator Ruth Maboyi said Kohomela was a unifier and urged people in the ward to take a leaf from his humility and commitment to culture.
Several civil servants led by Beitbridge district administrator Kilibone Ndou Mbedzi attended Kohomela’s funeral where hundreds of villagers braved a chilly weather to send off the elderly headman.
Chief Sitauze led mourners to Kohomela’s final resting place.