By Oriel Khumalo
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has mourned the death of Sister Janice Mclaughlin, a veteran journalist who passed away on Monday at the age of 79.
In his condolence message to the McLaughlin family and the family of the Maryknoll Sisters , President Mnangagwa said
the news of the death of Sister Janice came to him as a great shock.
President Mnangagwa described Sister Janice as a devout Catholic whom faith meant the quest for human freedom.
“A devout Catholic for whom faith meant the quest for human freedoms, Sister Janice was deported from the then Rhodesia for opposing racial colonial occupation and injustices, and for supporting our just liberation struggle. She chose to leave an otherwise quiet life of an American nun to join rough and dangerous camp life in the jungles of Mozambique where she worked with refugees in our education department.
“Alongside educational work in the camps, she also worked with our Publicity and Information Department where she helped give the liberation struggle an enhanced international voice and reach , ” said the President
After independence in 1980, Sister Janice would resume her higher studies until she attained her doctorate in religious studies from the University of Zimbabwe in 1992.
President Mnangagwa praised her for offering expertise in reshaping schools curricula in the post colonial Zimbabwe.
“She continued to offer her expertise in reshaping schools curricula for a post-colonial Zimbabwe. Above all, she worked closely with the likes of late Herbert Mahlaba to foster and strengthen solidarity between sister peoples of Zimbabwe and Mozambique under the Zimbabwe-Mozambique Friendship Association,” he said
“On behalf of the party Zanu PF, Government, and on my own behalf, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the McLaughlin family, and to the family of the Maryknoll Sisters who have lost a loving daughter and devout member respectively. Her leadership in both secular and spiritual realms will be sorely missed. May her dear soul rest in eternal peace.”