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Hohodza Band frontman Simba Mudzingwa repatriation appeal
Written by NewZimbabwe.com   
Thursday, 02 July 2015 12:41

FAMILY members and friends of the late traditional musician and former Hohodza Band frontman, Simbarashe Mudzingwa, are appealing for financial assistance to repatriate his body for burial in Zimbabwe.

Mudzingwa, who was based in the United Kingdom, passed away on June 26 after a short illness, leaving behind three children – two with ex-wife Rhoda Tongogara and a son with partner Kayleigh Goodier.

According to Goodier, Mudzingwa fell seriously ill at Glastonbury music festival where he was working as a security guard. He was attended to by the medics at the site’s medical facility and later announced dead at a local hospital.

Writing on her Facebook page, Goodier said: “Still thinking about you every minute of every day. Simbarashe Mudzingwa still can’t get it in to my head.

“I’ll never ever forget you and your children will know how you was such a wonderful father to them but please look down and guide their way for the best in their lives.”

Mudzingwa, who was 40, fronted the Hohodza band, which was formed in 1992 by Portia Gwanzura. 

Some of the hit songs that he produced include Dzorai Moyo, Take Sure and Chinyakare Makaisepi and he is also credited with discovering Progress Chipfumo who has grown to be a household name on the local music scene.

A crowd funding platform has been set up on GoFundMe and so far £235 has been donated.

Gwanzura, who donated £100, and appealed for more donations in order to send Mudzingwa's body home or burial. 

Mudzingwa's ex-wife Rhoda Tongogara with whom he had two children, also donated towards the cause. 

"I am Simba's ex-wife; the mother of his two children Ruvarashe Mudzingwa and Nashe Mudzingwa,” she said.

“I am just going to put £20 here just to give confidence to those who were doubting this fundraising.

“I would like to say RIP Baba Ruva; the gap you left will never be filled by anyone. You were a special dad.

“I will be there for Ruva, Nashe and Tinashe and remind them of all the good times you had with them. RIP Tendekayi Simbarashe Mudzingwa." 

A former member of the Hohodza George Chereni, also chipped in with a £40 donation.

"My name is George Chereni and I am one of the original members of Hohodza,2 wrote Chereni.

“I was a drummer, dancer, marimba player etc and worked with Simbarashe for more than 10 years. I have known Simbarashe Mudzingwa for a lifetime and up till the time of his death we were more than friends or work colleagues, we were brothers

“I loved him and respected him and will remember him for the wonderful person he was. Rest in perfect peace "Boogy", We will miss you bro.

“It has been a privilege and an honour to know you and to work with you."

Those who want to donate can do so at: http://www.gofundme.com/RIPSimbaMudzingwa

Walter Kamwendo Repatriation Appeal  E-mail
Saturday, 04 July 2015 10:47

A Go Fund Me appeal has been launched 2 July to fund raise for the Wlater Kamwendo's body repatriation to Zimbabwe. He died in Canada.

A statement on Go Fund Me read:

Walter Kamwendo a beloved husband, father and brother has been taken away at a tender age of 40.

Walter was a devoted man of God all his life and he will be deeply missed.

Our  whole family is devasted in Zimbabwe and Canada were his Wife Priscillah and kids are.

Arrangemets are being made and the family would like to have him transported back to Zimbabwe.

Please assist in any way possible.

Thank you all in advance and may the Good Lord Richly bless you all

Sekuru Mupunga Repatriation Appeal
Written by DFCP News   

A Go Fund Me appeal for US$10k has been launched for Sekuru Mupunga who passed on in USA.

A family statement posted by Albert Chiwandamira on Go Fund Me on 30 June 2015 reads:

The sudden death of Sekuru Mupunga from stroke in Michigan where he was visiting his family and hoping to attend his son's graduation  has left many of us broken hearted. For those that knew him, they can testify without a shadow of doubt about his goodness and his great love for the Lord. He was a champion for Christ. He will be surely missed not only by his family but by the community he faithfully served in Bikita.

Family and friends if you would be so kind, we would love to give this great man of God a great farewell. Any amount will go a long way as we seek to repatriate his body  to his beloved Zimbabwe. 

Please feel free to donate and leave words of comfort for the Mupungas. Indeed we have lost a great man. Our glorious hope is in that Great Waking Up Morning when we shall shed no tears no more.

1 418 Repatriated from SA in 6 months
Written by NewZimbabwe.com   
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 21:12

In a report by NewZimbabwe.com, bodies of at least 1 418 Zimbabweans were repatriated from South Africa in the past six months, Zimbabwean officials have reportedly said.

The state media quoted Zimbabwe's consul-general to South Africa, Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro, as saying Zimbabweans living in South Africa often died of various ailments, especially during winter.

"You will note that most of the people die in winter and the major causes are diseases such as broncho pneumonia, Hepatitis B, Pulmonary Hepatitis, HIV and Aids and other Retro Viral diseases."

Mukonoweshuro however said the number of Zimbabweans dying in South Africa could be higher as some failed to get repatriated and were buried in SA without the consulate's knowledge.

A report by a local weekly said in March that an estimated 400 bodies of Zimbabweans were repatriated from SA every month.

The report, however, said most of the deaths were a result of murder, adding that "horror" stories were told of Zimbabweans dying in gruesome attacks in South Africa.

Although Zimbabweans also died in many parts of the Diaspora, their deaths south of the Limpopo River were way more than in other countries, the report said.

MLife responds to the plight of Zambians in diaspora
Written by Insurers Association of Zambia   
Friday, 10 July 2015 18:17

Lusaka, Zambia – Madison Life Insurance Company (MLife), one of Zambia’s leading providers of life assurance, has today announced the launch Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan, the first of its kind in the country, Insurers Association of Zambia announced.

Targeted at Zambians and their families living abroad, as well as foreign nationals living in Zambia, the Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan is a flexible and convenient policy that helps to meet funeral costs and/or repatriation of the body back to Zambia, or conversely repatriation to the respective country of origin or preference for aforeign national who dies in Zambia.

MLife, a subsidiary of Lusaka Stock Exchange-listed Madison FinancialServices (MFS) and a member of the Insurers Association of Zambia (IAZ) said the new policy aims to put an end to the inevitable financial dilemma that comes with administering a funeral of a loved one who dies on foreign soil.

“Death has the knack of shocking people at the most unguarded moment. It befalls us all in the most unplanned and unpredicted times,” said MLife Managing Director Mrs Agnes Chakonta in announcing the newest policy from the versatile insurance firm. “We know from our work places that many families and individuals have had to deal, singlehandedly, with the untold financial pressures and emotional burdens within the Diaspora communities. The Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan is structured to deal with this inevitable financial dilemma. With the Launch of the Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan, bereaved families can now at least have a chance to celebrate lives of their departed loved ones.”

The United States dollar denominated funeral insurance scheme has a minimum entry cover of US $1,000 with US $15,000 as maximum.

“The funeral proceeds allow a dignified send-off for the deceased as funds would be immediately available to meet funeral costs and/or repatriation of the body back to Zambia or from Zambia to their country of origin or preference for final resting,” she added.

“Admittedly, while family, religious and cultural reasons compel many Zambians in the Diaspora to consider Zambia as their final resting place, majority can hardly afford the financial costs of repatriating bodies at death. This especially given that death comes when least expected.”

Underwritten by Madison Life Insurance Company Zambia Ltd

(MLife), the Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan is available globally to all diaspora Zambians and their families. Foreign nationals living in Zambia also qualify to take up this product.

The Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan is uniquely designed as a cash based funeral insurance policy which offers guaranteed acceptance for all applicants under the age of 75 without any cumbersome and intrusive medical checks or underwriting process on application or at claims stage.

The initial underwriting requirements are deliberately streamlined and tailored to ensure a hassle free claim process which ensures immediate US dollar cash pay out to support bereaved families.

The cover is available 24/7 through the Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan website and interested applicants can also apply over the phone.

Under the Plan, bereaved families will get instant US dollar cash payouts on the death of their loved ones along with a range of other benefits targeted at alleviating the financial burden that come with bereavement, especially in the Diaspora.

The guarantee is that within 24hrs of submitting proof of death the cash will be immediately remitted by Telegraphic Money Transfer into any bank account worldwide to provide instant financial relief to bereaved families…

For And on behalf of the Insurers Association of Zambia

Christabel Banda

Executive Director


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