ZWA mourns Kanengoni

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Writers Association (ZWA) has lauded the contribution made by the late journalist and author Alexander Kanengoni to Zimbabwe’s literature.

Kanengoni, 65, collapsed and died at Warren Park home in Harare due to a heart complication on Tuesday.

In a statement signed by its secretary general Memory Chirere, ZWA praised the late Kanengoni’s writings on Zimbabwe’s war of liberation.

“Kanengoni, one of Zimbabwe’s internationally-renowned writers and essayists, is most known for a form of writing called ‘war literature’ in which he and others wrote poems, plays and novels to depict the exploits and heroics of ordinary people and that of the combatants during the 1970’s war of liberation.

“One may suggest that Kanengoni wrote fiction about the struggle for independence and self-determination and thought-provoking essays on the difficult conditions of the formerly colonised and the contradictions they face everyday,” wrote Chirere.

Kanengoni, who is survived by his wife Gladys and five children, joined the liberation struggle in 1974 after a brief teaching career.

After Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, he went to the University of Zimbabwe and majored in English literature.

After graduation in 1983 he joined the ministry of Education and Culture before quitting in 1988 to work for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation where he worked until 2002.

Kanengoni’s published works include Vicious Circle (1983), When the Rainbird Cries (1988) Echoing Silences (1997), a collection of short stories, Effortless Tears (1993) and Writing Still (2003).

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