A nine-year-old cancer patient and beneficiary of Musha Mukadzi Zimbabwe Armed Forces Foundation, who passed on last Sunday, was buried at Granville Cemetery in Harare yesterday.
Shingirayi Bushu of Waterfalls succumbed to progressive cancer, which developed from lymph nodes that had not been detected and spread after his knee was amputated.
He was a Grade Three pupil at Frank Johnson Primary School in Waterfalls and had failed to attend school for the seven months he battled against cancer.
Mrs Marry Chiwenga, the wife of Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander General Constatine Chiwenga, in her capacity as MZAFF chairperson, attended the funeral and could not hold back tears as she mourned the loss of Shingirayi whom she had hoped would fully recover.
“Shingirayi was like a son to us whom we had adopted due to his condition,” she said.
“He is the third child from our organisation to succumb to the disease. I am almost at a point where I am saying to myself, I don’t have the capacity to carry on losing more children.
“I don’t have the heart for it and I don’t think I am strong enough to continue. I would love to, but I am finding it very difficult. I hoped that in some strange way or by some sort of miracle I would change the situation and save Shingirayi, but I failed.”
Shingirayi was under Musha Mukadzi since July this year and the organisation paid for all his medical expenses, including food, chemotherapy and scans. He received treatment and was successfully amputated at Trauma Centre before being transferred to Parirenyatwa Hospital.
Mr Desderio Bushu, Shingirayi’s father said although his son’s loss was tragic, he was moved by Musha Mukadzi’s tireless efforts to save him.
“Musha Mukadzi did a splendid job and I am very grateful. They took great care for my son throughout the chemotherapy and scan procedures.
“They even helped with the funeral arrangements and even took us for counselling throughout his sickness.”
Shingirayi was the second child in a family of three.