Sad family farewell to murder victim Rudo
THE family of murdered student Rudo Mawere spoke of their despair last night as they laid her to rest in her native Malawi.
The body of the 26-year-old was found stuffed in a suitcase on a Dublin street on January 31. Her Zimbabwean born boyfriend Jason Dube was the prime suspect, and was found dead in Kent, England, a few days later.
She was buried at the Henry Henderson Institute (HHI) Cemetery in the commercial city of Blantyre, Malawi.
Her brother Kenneth Mawere (40) said: "We are in shock and we are concentrating on arrangements to have her rest in peace."
The village 'headwoman' in Kanjedza, where Ms Mawere grew up, spoke of her anger at the tragic death.
"When parents send their children to school their expectation is that their children will bring a good qualification and have a decent future. Mrs Mawere sent Rudo to Ireland for a bright future but she was killed there. This is not what she expected, this is unfair, this is all wrong. We should all comfort her during this trying time," she said.
A family member also read a letter from the African Student Association of Ireland, which expressed shock at the death of their fellow student.
Funeral prayers were conducted by members of the Living Waters Church.at the house in Kanjedza Township where Ms Mawere was reared.
After the church service, the remains were taken to HHI Cemetery for her burial.
"This is a sad day for me because I never expected that Rudo was going to be killed while abroad for her studies. People tell me that Ireland is one of the safe places in the world and I wonder how this happened," said Mary Phiri, who said she was a close friend.
Rudo was the last born in a family of seven. Two of her siblings have died.