Vimbai Gukwe Chivaura dies

HARARE - University of Zimbabwe lecturer and TV panellist Dr Vimbai Gukwe Chivaura has died.

Chivaura died yesterday at the Avenues Clinic in Harare.

Chivaura was a well-known Zanu PF apologist who espoused controversial views on his soporific ZBC TV programme Zvavanhu.

He was a senior lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe’s Department of English where he taught literature and media studies.

He also taught courses in Social Movements and Literary Theories in the Study of African Literature, Biographical and Non-Fiction Writings in Africa and Abroad, Theories of Literature in Africa and African Diaspora, Theories of Literature outside Africa, Biographical and Non-Fiction Writings in Africa, African Literature and Ideological Thought

A holder of a PhD, MPhil, MA, BA Hons, he attended Mpopoma High School where he used the name European Chivaura before he went abroad during the liberation war.

His younger brother Vengai Chivaura announced the news in a Facebook post yesterday.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of my great brother Dr Vimbai Gukwe Chivaura who passed on this morning at Avenues Clinic,” the Chivaura sibling said

“I am heavily saddened by the passing on of my brother, a great leader, mentor, teacher, a man who stood up, fought and advocated for his beloved country Zimbabwe’s rights, a Zimbabwean icon, and a man who was a great pillar of strength in the Gukwe and Chivaura family.

“Burial arrangements will be announced after some family meetings.”

Chivaura was a famed apologist of the nonagenarian President Robert Mugabe, who he often likened to a spirit medium.

“The president is a svikiro which will never die,” the panellist claimed on his 2012 ZTV programme which tended to induce drowsiness.

“He (Mugabe) might die physically, but his spirit will remain with us, just like Mbuya Nehanda and Chaminuka.

“We will continue fighting the British and other imperialists using his spirit.”