President Emmerson Mnangagwa has honoured late Zimbabwe Investments Development Authority (ZIDA) chief executive officer and friend Douglas Munatsi with a state assisted funeral.
This came out in a statement Thursday by Chief secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda.
“His Excellency The President Cde Dr E.D Mnangagwa has directed that the late Douglas Munatsi who passed on earlier in the week be accorded a State assisted funeral. The office of the President and Cabinet will liaise with the bereaved Munatsi family to ensure to ensure this directive by His Excellency the President is effected.
“The Office continues to stand by the bereaved Munatsi family during this very difficult time,” Sibanda said.
Munatsi died under mysterious circumstances in the early hours of Monday when his upmarket flat in Harare’s Avenues area was gutted by fire.
He was reportedly alone when the tragedy happened.
Police are still investigating the incident amid suspicions the charismatic banker may have been deliberately killed by unknown persons.
A State assisted funeral is often given – at the President’s discretion – to citizens with a fair contribution to the national cause.
Under a State assisted funeral, government takes over the burial expenses although the family still has a big say over the process.
In his condolence message following Munatsi’s death this week, Mnangagwa said he was “a leading banker, visionary business leader and outstanding farmer”.
He added, “The late Douglas Munatsi had become our point man in operationalising our nation’s one-stop Investment project for improving the investment climate and ease of doing business in our country.”