MPs pay glowing tribute to Chininga

MEMBERS of Parliament yesterday castigated President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF for failing to accord Edward Chindori-Chininga with national hero status.

The Zanu PF politburo conferred liberation war hero status instead on the chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Mines and Energy who died in a freak car crash at Shinje turn-off in Guruve on June 19.

MPs across the political divide spoke highly of Chininga’s outstanding public service spanning over 20 years.

Lawmakers said making him a liberation war hero was a mockery to the immense work he did for the country.

MDC lawmaker Fani Munengami  and  Zanu PF MP Paul Mazikana led the debate, averring that he deserved a national hero status considering his work as former Cabinet minister, and a legislator for Guruve North for close to two decades.

“Being a legislator, he had showed that he did not support corruption,” Munengami said.

“He was in the forefront of highlighting that we need to have transparency and accountability in diamond mining. 

“He brought the issue of diamond mining and Mashaba mines into the national limelight.

“He spoke without fear or favour on what is  going on in the mining industry, helping to put the country on the world diamond market and he tried to hold the Executive  accountable for their deeds. He is a true hero without a doubt.”

Felix Sibanda, MDC MP said Chininga was sidelined by his Zanu PF colleagues as he fought the liberation war under Zipra, the armed wing for Joshua Nkomo’s PF Zapu.

“Zanu PF had never accepted him because he came from Zambia and joined Zipra forces although he was from Guruve, he was never accepted by his party and this is why he is not declared a hero,” Sibanda said.

Parliament broke into song in honour of the late lawmaker after Munengami complained that Parliament had failed to provide transport for legislators to attend Chininga’s burial at his Mudhindo homestead in Guruve on Wednesday.

Mazikani said Chininga had started many developmental projects in his constituency and was working hard to ensure the children in his Guruve North Constituency were attending school.

Meanwhile, Eric Matinenga, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs minister, yesterday officially
announced the closure of the Seventh Parliament.

“This is the last supper for some of us here in this Parliament as we have come to an end of our legislative business until a new Parliament is sworn in,” said Matinenga.

Comments (8)

Anyone who tries to be straightforward is a thorn in zanu pf 's flesh...according to how they operate,not according Chininga national heroe's status was normal

shungudzenyika - 28 June 2013

He was a great man and no one can take this away from HIM. In main street he remains a hero. This tells you a lot about the so-called strategists ...this not declaring him a hero smacks of vindictiveness when they could have picked up votes over his death saying that they (ZANUPF) are fighting corruption. He was their trump card on the fight against corruption, and they could have milked his death for all it was worth but because the so-called strategists have no idea of what they are doing they bungled again..Classic isnt it?

gutter poet - 28 June 2013

Big loss for's sad to be ZANU PF this Chininga guy went with so many votes for zpf...shame...however, his a hero.

Mutova - 28 June 2013

I first Edward in Los Angeles, Calif., when he was a Chicago-based Zimbabwe Tourism attache. Later, he would become an MP and minister. Edward was a dedicated, caring legislator. He and his wife, Linda, cared deeply for Zimbabwe and its people. We are poorer because of this loss. Fare thee well my friend.?Your good deeds while you were with us are a monument and a fitting legacy to what you did for Zimbabwe.

, Ph.D. Tendayi Kumbula - 29 June 2013

ZANU-PF is like the mafia its a party that rewards for murder, theft, rape, and praise singing. Mugabe may be a clever politician but history is not going to remember him in good light. He has taken a shining country back to the stone age by condoning bad deeds by his political henchmen. Put simply, Mugabe has sacrificed Zimbabwe for his own political expediency and to avoid prosecution for murdering the very people he swore to protect as the president of the republic of Zimbabwe. Because of his inability to discipline his henchmen he is literary being held hostage by the military and will go to the grave with most of the country's population celebrating his death. Mugabe looks after Mugabe and only a fool would believe he cares a wit about the man and woman in the street or village.

bingo wajakta - 29 June 2013

@gutter poet you make me laugh: "trump card fighting corruption", this would have meant admitting the plunder of diamonds a sin they do not ever want revealed nomatter what. True they lost a constituent if I see it and I agree with Hon F. Sibanda, Zanu is very tribal a lot of us were in Zapu and our colleagues that moved to Zanu in 1987 have been complaining of illtreatment or treatment with suspicion. However: Hailume gore rino Zanu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Qawe laMaqawe - 29 June 2013

Indeed zanu pf is a mafia gang,a very cruel party full of crooks.Shame on them,how can you hack your own sons and daughters,bastards.

igwe - 29 June 2013

This Mugabe old man has killed his image too bad and surely the day he dies even those in the diaspora will come back home to witness this evil man going into the grave. The death of Mugabe will surely be the end of this Zanu PF. People must be warned, esp those who sign his hymn because he is closer to the grave than they are. Anyway, Cde. Chininga we will forever miss your love for the nation and your rare level of democracy, which is really something hard to find in Zanu PF. RIP our dear HERO and we will forever miss you though tisina kumbosangana in life but I pray to God that He gives you a good place in His Kingdom.

Prof. Inu - 29 June 2013

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