Deaths dampen Zanu PF

HARARE - Fresh from his inauguration, President Robert Mugabe has been shattered by the death of three veteran freedom fighters in a week following the death yesterday of Zanu PF politburo member Kumbirai Kangai.

Kangai, 75, a former Cabinet minister, died at his Glen Forest home yesterday morning.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo confirmed the death and said he collapsed at his home and was rushed to a Harare clinic where efforts to resuscitate him failed.

Kangai’s death came a few days after the death of Mike Karakadzai — a freedom fighter and head of National Railways of Zimbabwe — in a car crash on Tuesday morning on his way to Bulawayo.

The following day Enos Nkala — a founding member of Zanu PF, died at a private clinic in Harare.

A day after declaring Karakadzai and Nkala national heroes, Mugabe was shattered yesterday by news of the death of Kangai, the first minister of Labour at independence in 1980.

Mugabe was sworn in on Thursday at a colourful ceremony attended by six serving heads of state and retired presidents from African countries.

The Zanu PF leader was expected to immediately tackle economic recovery through the setting up of a fresh Cabinet and swearing in of newly-elected legislators.

The swearing in of lawmakers was set for Tuesday, but due to the death of Zanu PF members and other national programmes, it has been moved to next week.

Gumbo, told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that it was a trying time for the ruling party which was still celebrating their July 31 electoral victory.

“It is difficult to accept but ndizvo zvaitika, rufu rwauya kune macomrades edu kuda kwaMwari, hapana zvatinogona kuita.” Gumbo said.

“However, this is not going to affect us as we have to continue with the work these late comrades did,” he said adding that “Don’t read much into their deaths and think that this is the end of Zanu PF.

“We still have members who are still alive to continue with our liberation legacy”.

Kangai also served as Zanu PF secretary for external affairs.

The Zanu PF heavyweight was a member of Parliament for Buhera South from 1980 to 2008 when Naison Nemadziwa of the MDC took over.

He once served as minister of Lands and Agriculture, before being accused of defrauding the state grain reserve, Grain Marketing Board of ZW$228 million during the importation of 460 000 tonnes of maize in 1999.

He was however, acquitted of the charges.

Before his death, Kangai was due to take oath as a Senator for Manicaland Province after winning the recent harmonised polls.

Nkala at independence in 1980 became the minister of Finance until 1983 before being moved to the ministry of National Supplies.

In 1985, he became minister of Home Affairs, and then moved over to Defence after the 1985 elections.

He resigned from government in 1989 at the height of the Willowgate scandal — which involved the acquisition of several vehicles from Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries by senior government officials who would resell for huge profits.

Last year, Nkala said he was bitter about the way he was forced to leave politics in 1989, insisting that he chose to resign rather than appear before the Wilson Sandura Commission over the Willowgate Scandal insisting he did not commit any offence.

Comments (16)

The Grain Thief and the Butcher Of Matebeleland ,never showed remorse for their sins or repented.Farewell and when you look down upon the man you served and tried to please , and all the suffering you caused on innocent souls,was it worth it?

Squarebasher - 25 August 2013

"Death dampens ZanuPF"! - never. These morns are not worried bout the death of anyone, they just carry on. The most important thing was to steal the elections, everything else is secondary.

Soni - 25 August 2013

"Death dampens ZanuPF"! - never. These morons are not worried bout the death of anyone, they just carry on. The most important thing was to steal the elections, everything else is secondary.

Soni - 25 August 2013

The horses are getting tired fast

chaporomoka chamukwenjere - 25 August 2013

The sadness of it all is this, Zanu sees its partners in crime dying and all they have stolen, they do not take to the grave with them, its all left behind therefor I ask you, Mugabe, Kasukuwere, the JOC and every murderous zeelot in Zanu, Why not do good for your own people?

Travis Chena - 25 August 2013


ASIJIKI - 26 August 2013

I thought zanu cadres were immortal. Why did they not rig God and bring the trio back to life ?

Tribesman - 26 August 2013

Normally when more pple die in Zanu PF, Mugabe gets stonger. As if he takes over the lives of those who go

Mugabe - 26 August 2013

dust to dust

moyomyo - 26 August 2013

Hahahahahahaha The Grain Thief and Gugurahuni butcher Ales Vamos Dickheads

Mfana Ka Sobhuku... - 26 August 2013

Funny how they bring out God in all if this when they serve the dhevil! Another ine bites the dust kwasara one chete akamirirrwa kugehena uko

obama4eva - 26 August 2013

Here is a death history of ZANU(PF) under Mugabe without even including Gukurahundi. Did people really vote for this man and his Party? [Sorry for the long article] Some of the most mysterious deaths associated with the CIOs and the man renting at State House Edward Chindori-Chininga 19/06/2013, murdered by Zanu PF, Herbert Chitepo (1975), ZANU leader, killed by car bomb in exile in Lusaka Josiah Tongogara (1979), ZANLA leader, died in a car accident Charles Tazvishaya (aka Lovemore Mawisa) (1986), personal private secretary to Prime Minister Mugabe, survived a gunshot wound to the head and then died in Parirenyatwa Hospital, Rashiwe Guzha was a secretary in the Zimbabwean central intelligence office. Maurice Nyagumbo (1989), Minister for Mines, died from ingesting pesticide. Enos "Mvuu" Chikoore alleged to have committed suicide following forced resignation due to massive looting at NICOZIM and the National Housing Scheme Housing respectively. Border Gezi (2001), Minister for Gender, Youth and Employment, died in a car accident. Moven Mahachi (2001), Minister of Defence, died in a car accident. Elliot Manyika (2008), Minister Without Portfolio and National Political Commissar for ZANU-PF, died in a car accident. General Solomon Mujuru (aka Rex Nhongo) (August 2011), died in a house fire which destroyed his farmhouse near Beatrice. ETC FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

Honaiwo Toropito - 26 August 2013

Born frees learn this. 1-MUGABE IN 1989- Ministers including Enos Nkala bought cheap gvt cars from Willowvale- @ $200 and sold for a profit $600.(willowgate scandal) Mugabes verdict- Minister Nkala was fired from cabinet and others like Morris Nyagumbo commited suicide. 2- MUGABE IN 1999- Minister Kangai looted $ 11million meant to buy grain to feed the whole nation Mugabes verdict- Mugabe 'punished' Minister Kangai by reassigning him to another ministerial post. 3 MUGABE IN 2009 Minister Mpofu failed to account for billions of diamond money meant to finance national fiscus Mugabes verdict- Old and wasted Mugabe is now a see no evil and hear no evil deadwood symbolical president. Rip heroes of a villain.

Huzvu - 26 August 2013

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