Top civil servant, Knuth laid to rest

by | Jul 7, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

Staff Reporter

Former Director State Occasions Mrs Anne Annastasia Knuth was today laid to rest at her Knuth Farm just outside Epworth.

Knuth who was described by President Mnangagwa as a consummate civil servant was among black experts who trusted independent Zimbabwe with their skills.

Mrs Knuth succumbed to breast cancer on Monday, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Information, Broadcasting and Publicity Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the late Mrs Knuth was a bureaucrat par excellence.

β€œProtocol is not an easy job. It is a job where you can easily anger people, but she was very sensitive but she would do it very well. She had a way to deal with all protocol issues. She was thorough; she did it with a lot of love, respect for each and every one,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

Minister Mutsvangwa said outside professional circles, they also had a good social relationship.
They were farm neighbours in Selous.

β€œShe worked in the old dispensation and worked in the new dispensation. Before her retirement, she would train those who would take over.
Whenever there were high-level events, she would still be called back. She loved her country, she was a patriot,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

Ambassador Chipo Zindoga, who used to be close to Mrs Knuth said she had an immense love for country.

She retired from public service in 2018 and ventured into farming, until the time of her death.
Ms Knuth is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.