Chivamba de­clared lib­er­a­tion hero

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

ZANU-PF Mid­lands pro­vin­cial deputy chair­per­son Cde Kiz­ito Chivamba who died on Tues­day morn­ing has been de­clared a lib­er­a­tion war hero.

Cde Chivamba (59) who was the MP for Chi­wun­dura died at Gweru Pro­vin­cial Hospi­tal af­ter a short ill­ness.

Zanu-PF Mid­lands pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Cde Daniel Macken­zie Ncube con­firmed the devel­op­ment.

He said Cde Chivamba is likely to be buried over the week­end at Gweru Pro­vin­cial He­roes Acre, but they were yet to agree with his fam­ily on the ex­act burial day.

“The late Cde Chivamba has been ac­corded lib­er­a­tion hero sta­tus by His Ex­cel­lency [Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe]. We re­ceived the in­for­ma­tion from Harare. We are happy as a prov­ince that the party lead­er­ship un­der the guid­ance of Cde Mu­gabe found it be­fit­ting to ac­cord him with the lib­er­a­tion war hero sta­tus. He will be buried at Gweru Pro­vin­cial He­roes Acre over the week­end. We are just wait­ing to agree with the fam­ily on the ex­act day but it should be this week­end,” said Cde Ncube.

He said con­do­lence mes­sages were pour­ing in from other prov­inces as the party con­tin­ued to mourn the loss of Cde Chivamba.

“It will be dif­fi­cult to re­place this cadre who was a sta­bil­is­ing fac­tor and voice of rea­son in the prov­ince,” he said.

Cde Chivamba was born on Au­gust 27 in1958 in Bikita in Masvingo.

In 1972 and at the age of 14, Cde Chivamba joined Zanu as a youth ac­tivist in Hippo Val­ley and took part in demon­stra­tions against the Pearce Com­mis­sion.

In 1975 he moved to Gweru where he con­tin­ued with his ac­tivism.

Be­tween 1977 and 1978, he worked with free­dom fight­ers around Zaka and Bikita ar­eas be­fore re­turn­ing to Gweru in 1979 soon af­ter the Lan­caster House con­fer­ence.

He joined Monomo­tapa Dis­trict branch as a youth mem­ber and helped in the re­cruit­ment of new mem­bers into the party.

Af­ter in­de­pen­dence, Cde Chivamba was in­volved in trade union­ism be­tween 1980 and 1992.

He joined the city of Gweru from 1992 to 1988 as an ac­counts clerk be­fore join­ing Zesa as a se­nior li­ai­son clerk from 1988 to 2008.

On the po­lit­i­cal front, in 1993, he was elected un­op­posed as the pro­vin­cial youth Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore he was el­e­vated the fol­low­ing year to the po­si­tion of deputy chair­man.

In 1998, he was re-elected pro­vin­cial youth deputy chair­man un­op­posed.

Be­tween 2001 and 2004 he was also elected un­op­posed as the pro­vin­cial youth chair­man.

Be­tween 2009 and 2013, Cde Chivamba was elected pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary for Health and Child Wel­fare in the main wing. Be­tween 2013 and 2014, he was elected to the post of pro­vin­cial vice chair­per­son.

From 2014 to 2015 he served as the act­ing pro­vin­cial chair­man be­fore he be­came sub­stan­tive pro­vin­cial chair­man the fol­low­ing year.

Cde Chivamba was sus­pended last year to­gether with two other pro­vin­cial chair­per­sons Cde Joel Big­gie Ma­tiza of Mashona­land East and Cde Ezra Chadza­mira in Masvingo for al­legedly pro­mot­ing fac­tion­al­ism.

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

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

Mourn­ers are gath­ered at Lot 1 of In­diva Farm, Ward 14 near Sino on the out­skirts of Gweru. — @pchi­tumba1

Cde Kiz­ito Chivamba

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