THE Mutasa North former MP, Luke Phibion Masamvu (Zanu-PF), died yesterday at a Harare hospital from COVID-19-related complications.
Masamvu was 62.
The former parliamentarian, who was a well-known businessman in Manicaland province, left behind 12 wives and 79 children.
Masamvu was born and raised in Nyanga.
Brother and family spokesperson John Masamvu said mourners are gathered at the family’s Airedale Farm along the Rusape-Nyanga Highway.
“It is a very sad day for the entire Masamvu family. We have lost a big family man who also served his country in Parliament,” he said.
Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Deputy Minister Tinoda Machakaire described the death of Masamvu as a huge loss.
“I was really saddened to learn of the untimely passing on of the former Honourable MP and businessman Cde LP Masamvu,” he said.
“I am praying for the family at this trying time.
“Losing a loved father is not easy at all. The wound never heals.
“My prayer for the family is that they find the strength to keep going.”
Masamvu’s close friend, Mr Misheck Mugadza, said: “We have lost an accomplished businessman, a family man and personal mentor.
‘‘Mr Masamvu’s deeds testify to the kind of a man he was.”
He lost his parliamentary seat after falling by the wayside during the 2018 ZANU PF primary elections.