Late ambassador Stevenson’s body arrives for cremation

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By Staff Reporter

LATE Zimbabwean ambassador Trudy Stevenson’s body arrived in the country from Dakar on Monday ahead of her cremation this Friday.

The founding MDC legislator for Harare North was found dead in her official residence in Dakar 24 August, aged 73.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Joey Bimha said the diplomat died from acute pancreatitis with her son Alex Graham Stevenson telling the media she died alone while watching TV.

State media reports Monday evening said Stevenson’s body arrived at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport aboard a South African Airways flight.

It was accompanied by Alex Graham Stevenson and embassy counsellor Louis Chitima.

Director Human Resources, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Petronella Nyagura and deputy director protocol and conferencing services Shepherd Gwenzi received the body.

Stevenson was Zimbabwean ambassador to Senegal and the Gambia since 2009.

She landed her ambassadorial job through the now defunct 2008 Global Political Agreement, a coalition arrangement between Zanu PF and two MDC factions that had parliamentary representation.

When the tenure of the inclusive government lapsed 2013, Stevenson, together with Hilda Suka-Mafudze, deployed to Khartoum on an MDC-T ticket, were allowed to carry on with their diplomatic duties while the rest left government service.

Stevenson’s body is set to be cremated this Friday.