HARARE – Top Harare lawyer and Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) board member Arthur Mutsonziwa’s remains will be cremated at Glen Forest in Harare today, after an emotional final farewell by hundreds of mourners.
Family members performed the final rites at St Mary Magdalene Church in Avondale yesterday.
His wife Lucy said he asked in his will that he be cremated.
Clerics, friends and family yesterday paid their last respects to the late prominent lawyer.
The ANZ director and partner at Atherstone & Cook law firm suffered a heart attack last Thursday and died on his way to hospital.
Fellow ANZ board member Derek Smail said: “His presence around the ANZ board table will be sorely missed, where his quiet demeanour belied a very sharp brain and his extensive practical knowledge of commercial law ensured his input was always relevant and constructive.
“When Arthur spoke, everyone listened and the board deliberations were always the better for his considered input. He was a gentleman in the truest sense of that word, with his subtle sense of humour, his interest in all around him and his deep Christian faith making him a reliable and excellent friend”.
Speaker after speaker spoke at his service yesterday spoke highly of the leading expert on insurance law and insurance litigation.
A senior partner at Atherstone & Cook and close friend of Mutsonziwa, Gary Crosland, described Mutsonziwa as highly principled and witty man.
“Arthur was not just a successful lawyer but a devout member of the community,” Crosland said.
“He served on various boards, including Ruzawi and Peterhouse at a time when headmasters were being arrested at the behest of the minister.
“He was passionate about Manchester United who won last night (Tuesday), perhaps in honour of Arthur. He will be missed by all who knew him.”
Reverend Dzikamai Mundenda said Mutsoziwa had deep Christian values.
Mutsonziwa’s friend of 47 years, Bart Chanetsa walked the mourners through their years of friendship dating back to 1969 at Peterhouse.
Chanetsa said he had received the news of the death of his friend with shock and said he was gutted to hear of his friend’s untimely death.
The board member of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions also spoke of Mutsonziwa’s sense of humour and their travels.
A deputy executive officer of the Financial Services Board (FSB) of South Africa with the responsibility for Capital Markets, Chanetsa said it was evident from the days they were in school that Mutsonziwa was headed for success.
“He was a fullback in the school’s rugby team, an avid athlete who also excelled in school,” Chanetsa said.
“We shared a lot in our years of friendship,” he said.
“It was with a sense of imaginable shock that I learnt of Arthur’s death . . . the end of a friendship stretching 47 years. Arthur you lived a full life, loyal to your family, your unquestionable commitment to duty . . . the world is a better place because you passed through this way.”