Deaths dampen Zanu PF

via Deaths dampen Zanu PF – DailyNews Live by XOLISANI NCUBE AND CHENGETAI ZVAUYA

Fresh from his inauguration, President Robert Mugabe has been shattered by the death of three veteran freedom fighters in a week following the death yesterday of Zanu PF politburo member Kumbirai Kangai.

Kangai, 75, a former Cabinet minister, died at his Glen Forest home yesterday morning.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo confirmed the death and said he collapsed at his home and was rushed to a Harare clinic where efforts to resuscitate him failed.

Kangai’s death came a few days after the death of Mike Karakadzai — a freedom fighter and head of National Railways of Zimbabwe — in a car crash on Tuesday morning on his way to Bulawayo.

The following day Enos Nkala — a founding member of Zanu PF, died at a private clinic in Harare.

A day after declaring Karakadzai and Nkala national heroes, Mugabe was shattered yesterday by news of the death of Kangai, the first minister of Labour at independence in 1980.

Mugabe was sworn in on Thursday at a colourful ceremony attended by six serving heads of state and retired presidents from African countries.

The Zanu PF leader was expected to immediately tackle economic recovery through the setting up of a fresh Cabinet and swearing in of newly-elected legislators.

The swearing in of lawmakers was set for Tuesday, but due to the death of Zanu PF members and other national programmes, it has been moved to next week.

Gumbo, told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that it was a trying time for the ruling party which was still celebrating their July 31 electoral victory.

“It is difficult to accept but ndizvo zvaitika, rufu rwauya kune macomrades edu kuda kwaMwari, hapana zvatinogona kuita.” Gumbo said.

“However, this is not going to affect us as we have to continue with the work these late comrades did,” he said adding that “Don’t read much into their deaths and think that this is the end of Zanu PF.

“We still have members who are still alive to continue with our liberation legacy”.

Kangai also served as Zanu PF secretary for external affairs.

The Zanu PF heavyweight was a member of Parliament for Buhera South from 1980 to 2008 when Naison Nemadziwa of the MDC took over.

He once served as minister of Lands and Agriculture, before being accused of defrauding the state grain reserve, Grain Marketing Board of ZW$228 million during the importation of 460 000 tonnes of maize in 1999.

He was however, acquitted of the charges.

Before his death, Kangai was due to take oath as a Senator for Manicaland Province after winning the recent harmonised polls.

Nkala at independence in 1980 became the minister of Finance until 1983 before being moved to the ministry of National Supplies.

In 1985, he became minister of Home Affairs, and then moved over to Defence after the 1985 elections.

He resigned from government in 1989 at the height of the Willowgate scandal — which involved the acquisition of several vehicles from Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries by senior government officials who would resell for huge profits.

Last year, Nkala said he was bitter about the way he was forced to leave politics in 1989, insisting that he chose to resign rather than appear before the Wilson Sandura Commission over the Willowgate Scandal insisting he did not commit any offence.



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    Radical 9 years ago

    God’s case no appeal .

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    Kangai dzosera chibage kugmb chavakaba-vaiti zvinosvika kupi.mari vakadya, dzimba ukatenga,motokari ukatenga nhasi vambumba,kasara kamudhara dont worry manje manje kachawanikwa kakaoma musofa.

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    twaparara zvino tumadhara tuya-mari yakazara ropa revanhu.counting days -kahofori kari paintensive care bed kari kunzi kanoda kugadzirisa cabinet hahaha -kaakutoda mahumidifiers,oxygen suppliments, iv line nedefibrilator rugare gumbo,gearge charamba,sibanda vokasunda kuenda ku parliament.Degrace vokapukuta matoto and asakanganwe kuempta catheter

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    OSCAR 9 years ago

    Three less trash, its been a good few days!! Wish it was the big one, the devil must be scared of a take over in hell!!!

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    eztechplc 9 years ago

    My advice to the remaining ones is to rush to Singapore as soon as you feel somewhere itchy……as you know pretty well that you ran down the medical system……it will not “sustain you” when you collapse. Give it 3 years and even a vehicle to the hospital ll not be available. Wait until Gideon Gono becomes the Finance Minister…..he doesn’t give an ear to bookish economic fundementals…..he is the only man who will innocently and quietly bring Zanu Pf down

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    eztechplc 9 years ago

    Iri iGumbo chairo…..he is not at all affected by the death of their fellow comrades……what a statement. I thought it was time for mourning, a time to reflect on the causes of such avoidable death…..death caused by poor governance, poor leadership, economic vandalism from the top. With a good health system Kangai could have been rescued. Without vandalising the fences along the roads due to farm invasions, Karakadzai could have safely traveled to his rural home. Perhaps Nkala too would have received more powerful ARVs ro keep him going

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    Phunyukabemphethe 9 years ago

    This year alone more shall die – Gukurahundis, more fire until you resign!