Esteemed evangelist of the Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe Reverend Eliah Masiyane has died.
He was 84.
Rev Masiyane died at Gwanda Hospital, Matabeleland South Province, on July 15 after suffering a stroke at his home.
He was once a member of Parliament for Gwanda South in the 90s.
His daughter Ms Bokang Masiyane said her father collapsed at home last week.
“Everything was fine and he went to bath. Suddenly while in there he collapsed and from there he wasn’t able to speak.
He was rushed to hospital but, unfortunately, he died,” said Ms Masiyane.
She said funeral arrangements are being finalised.
“His body is still in Gwanda and we are waiting for the party to tell us when we could bury him as they have requested that my father be a national hero. At the moment we can’t say when he will be buried,” said Ms Masiyane.
Born at Old Bethel in Gwanda on November 11, 1937, Rev Masiyane learnt at Bethel Primary School. For his secondary education, Rev Masiyane, learnt at Manama Mission and Chegato Mission.
He started his calling of preaching in 1970 in Shashe in Beitbridge, in Matabeleland South province.
Because of his political activities in Zapu, he was detained between 1975 and 1978 at Khami Prison and Whawha Prison.
After his release, a year later he fled to Sweeden as a missionary as the Smith-led regime was persecuting revolutionaries.
He then moved to the United Kingdom where he studied a Degree in Theology and Political Science at Birmingham University.
Returning to Zimbabwe, Rev Masiyane taught at Hamilton High School in Bulawayo from 1986 to 1989, then moved to David Livingstone and then to Tongwe Secondary School in Beitbridge.
In Matabeleland South, Rev Masiyane under the Zanu-PF ticket was elected as the Gwanda South MP, taking over from Cde Edward Ndlovu, from 1990 to 1995.
Reverend Masiyane and his wife Sarah had seven children.