Mid­lands Zanu-PF deputy chair­man Chivamba dies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bureau Chief

ZANU-PF Mid­lands provin­cial deputy chair­per­son Cde Kiz­ito Chivamba has died. He was 59. Cde Chivamba who was Mem­ber of the House of Na­tional Assem­bly for Chi­wun­dura died yes­ter­day morn­ing at Gweru Provin­cial Hos­pi­tal af­ter a short ill­ness.

Zanu-PF Mid­lands sec­re­tary for in­for­ma­tion Cde Cor­nelius Mu­pereri con­firmed the pass­ing on of Cde Chivamba.

“Yes Cde Chivamba is no more. He was ad­mit­ted to Gweru Provin­cial Hos­pi­tal last week be­fore he passed on to­day. Mourn­ers are gath­ered at his In­diva Farm in Sino area just out­side Gweru. Fu­neral ar­range­ments are yet to be fi­nalised,” he said.

Cde Mu­pereri de­scribed Cde Chivamba as a ded­i­cated mem­ber of the rul­ing party who worked hard for the growth of the party in the prov­ince.

He said Cde Chivamba will al­ways be re­mem­bered for tak­ing a lead in the re­struc­tur­ing ex­er­cise of the party ahead of the com­ing 2018 elec­tions.

He said he held dif­fer­ent posts from the youths to the main wing un­til his death.

“Cde Chivamba worked well with the late Vice Pres­i­dent Si­mon Muzenda as well other party mem­bers from the cells to the polit­buro.

“He was a ded­i­cated party mem­ber and we have lost a pil­lar of the prov­ince. In his con­stituency he was spear­head­ing party de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes,” said Cde Mu­pereri.

He said the prov­ince had since writ­ten to the Polit­buro re­quest­ing a suit­able hero’s sta­tus for Cde Chivamba whom he said started ac­tivism in the 1970s af­ter the Pearce Com­mis­sion dur­ing the Ian Smith regime in Rhode­sia.

The Mid­lands prov­ince Min­is­ter of State for Provin­cial Af­fairs Cde Ja­son Machaya said he had re­ceived the news of Cde Chivamba’s death with great sor­row.

He said he worked well with Cde Chivamba from the early 1980’s when they were both youths in Zanu PF.

Cde Machaya said he moved to the main wing while Cde Chivamba re­mained lead­ing the youths.

“I worked well with him from the youths up to the main wing. When I was elected chair­per­son of the prov­ince, he was elected my deputy be­fore he took over when I was sus­pended and was sub­se­quently con­firmed chair­per­son of the prov­ince. He worked well with the peo­ple and was ded­i­cated and com­mit­ted to the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party,” he said.

Cde Chivamba was sus­pended last year to­gether with two other provin­cial chair­per­sons Cde Joel Big­gie Ma­tiza (Mashona­land East) and Cde Ezra Chadza­mira (Masvingo) on al­le­ga­tions of in­cit­ing in­so­lence and fail­ing to rein in un­ruly and rogue el­e­ments in their re­spec­tive prov­inces be­fore he was cleared of wrong do­ing by the Na­tional Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee.

In Fe­bru­ary Cde Chivamba bounced back into the provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive as the deputy chair­man.

At the same time his then vice-chair­per­son, En­gi­neer Daniel McKen­zie Ncube was el­e­vated to sub­stan­tive provin­cial chair­per­son.

Cde Chivamba was elected MP for Chi­wun­dura in 2008.

He is sur­vived by wife Ceromina, six chil­dren and five grand­chil­dren.

Polit­buro mem­ber Cde July Moyo and Cde Mu­pereri were among the first party mem­bers to ar­rive at In­diva Farm to con­sole the fam­ily. — @pchi­tumba1

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