Former Zanla commander dies

HARARE - Former guerrilla war commander Wilfred Mhanda has died of colon cancer.

He was 64.

Known by his nom de guerre Dzinashe Machingura, the independent Zimbabwe Liberators Platform leader died on Wednesday night.

He was undergoing treatment at the State-run Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, according to a family spokesman.

“We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss,” the family spokesman said.

“He was an amazing person and he touched so many people with his inspirational spirit, his warmth and kindness.”

Mhanda, a former Zanla commander, learned he had colon cancer in 2011 and underwent bouts of chemotherapy.

Despite his illness, which he had to control with medication, Machingura  remained a leading thought leader and scathing critic of President Robert Mugabe’s rule.

Mourners are gathered at Number 7 Sudbery Road, Monavale, Harare.

Funeral arrangements will be advised in due course, the spokesman said.


Comments (4)


peter mayor - 30 May 2014

I don't see RGM's critic being declared a national hero. In zanu pf,RGM is the nation. Rugare Gumbo reformed,repented as did aka Dzikamai. Now they are Party spokesman & minister respectively.


Gamba ramagamba qawe lamakawe, rest in peace Cde Dzino. you have joined other true heroes and liberators such as cdes c. mandizvidza, h. hamadziripi and grey mapondera. you stood against dictatorship and personality cultism in zanu and this was the reason vakakukanda muchikarabotso (jeri repasi in MOZAMBIQUE during the struggle) together nemamwe macomrades such as chipoera, thondhlana, tangeneropa, muparuri, musoni, dingane, mukudzei mudzi, james nyikadzinashe and later to be joined by the likes of rugare gumbo, steven chocha, joseph chimurenga who were also detained for resisting dictarship in the party. yours was a good struggle and if ZIPA had prevailed zimbabwe would be a democratic country today. Viva ZIPA, Viva vashandi, Viva Dzino.

CDE Churucheminzwa - 30 May 2014

ZVOMENE ! Gamba redu reHondo. Matisiya MuKARANGA Mukuru. Tinotenda ndimi makaiona Hondo, kuti isu vazvarwe wemuZimbabwe tifare. Tinokutendai, rimwe zuva tichakuradzikai paRuware Guru. Pamberi neChimurenga, pfuti ngadzitsve.

Vashandi Zimbabgwe - 31 May 2014

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