Shamuyarira dies | The Herald

via Shamuyarira dies | The Herald June 5, 2014 by Mabasa Sasa and Farirai Machivenyika

Former Zanu-PF Politburo member and ex-Cabinet minister Cde Nathan Shamuyarira has died. He was 85. Cde Shamuyarira died at West End Clinic in Harare last night after having been admitted on and off “for some time”. Zanu-PF commissar Cde Webster Shamu confirmed that the veteran nationalist had passed on, and referred The Herald to ruling party secretary for health Cde David Parirenyatwa for more details.

The two were among several party cadres, relatives, Government officials and colleagues at West End last night when Cde Shamuyarira breathed his last.
Cde Parirenyatwa, a medical doctor who is also Minister of Health and Child Care, said: “He passed on at around 22:30 after having been admitted on and off for some time. In the end, he had problems with a chest infection; he had been unwell for a while.”

Details of where mourners would gather could not be established at the time of writing as the death had just occurred.
Cde Shamuyarira left Government in 2000, saying he wanted to concentrate on his work in Zanu-PF, where he was secretary for information and publicity.

He then left active politics in 2010 to dedicate time to putting together a book on Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle and, more specifically, a memoir on President Mugabe’s central role in the Second Chimurenga.

In a 2011 interview with The Southern Times, President Mugabe expressed hope that the project would come to fruition before either he or Cde Shamuyarira passed on but that was not to be.

Born in 1929 to an evangelist of the Methodist Church, he attended the famed Waddilove Institute and qualified as a primary school teacher.
After leaving Waddilove he taught at various primary schools and used the time to complete his secondary education and then taught for some time at Tegwani School in Plumtree

From 1950-53 he taught animal husbandry at Domboshava and then in 1953 Cde Shamuyarira got a job as a cub reporter with African Newspapers Ltd.
He did well in his chosen profession and rose through the ranks to become the first black African editor of the Daily News in 1956.

From 1959 to 1962 he was editor-in-chief of African Newspapers Ltd, at which time he left journalism when late national hero Dr Samuel Parirenyatwa asked him to join Zapu, which was recruiting African intellectuals to spearhead the struggle for independence.

However, the colonial settler regime banned Zapu that same year and the party’s leader, the late Vice President Dr Joshua Nkomo asked him to join a delegation to the United Nations in new York even though he held no official position in the movement at the time.

On returning from that sojourn, he was appointed lecturer at the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland as a lecturer in Adult Education.
In 1963, he and other nationalists broke from ZAPU to form ZANU, and in September of the following year he left Southern Rhodesia to study Political Science at Princeton University in the United States – graduating in 1967.

After that he was appointed a lecturer at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, where he doubled up as ZANU’s secretary for external affairs.
In 1970, he and Cde James Chikerema engaged in deliberations on unifying ZANU and ZAPU in Lusaka, Zambia, resulting in him resigning his lectureship to take up the post of treasurer for the new Front for the Liberation of Zimbabwe in 1971.

However, disagreements with leading lights of the struggle, such as Chairman Herbert Chitepo, saw him leave once again for the University of Dar in 1973.
At Independence in 1980 he joined government in charge of the information brief, a portfolio he was head again in the 1980s in between which he was Zimbabwe’s third Foreign Affairs Minister.



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    Bingo Wajakata 9 years ago

    No tears here, too busy trying to survive another day of suffering caused by people like this late idiot.

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    Straight Shooter 9 years ago

    As for Nathan Shamuyarira, its good news and good riddance. He gives the Zezuru a bad name.

    How can a normal person; a normal human being claim Gukurahundi was all ok, all fine, and he has no regrets whatsoever? I hope is gone straight to the burning fires of hell and is in good company with the ever enduring Lucifer!!

    How does one find ok to rip open a pregnant woman’s stomach in order to get rid of a dissident foetus?

    How does a normal person find it ok to demand that innocent villagers dig up their own graves and get inside so they can be buried alive?

    How does a normal human being find it normal to demand, at gun point that innocent villagers speak and sing in Shona; a language they never knew or had ever spoken in their whole lives?

    How does he explain the huge number of villagers who were killed throughout the those years, versus the tiny number of the so-called dissidents killed; and even worse the tiny number of so-called dissidents who eventually surrendered at the end of the exercise in 1987 – proving beyond reasonable doubt that the overkill efforts had other ulterior motives other than the officially stated ones?

    How does one explain how all this has to do with eliminating the dissident problem? Or could it be the whole exercise was never about dissidents in the first place, it was always a long-planned programme to Shonalise the region of Matebeleland – typical Rwanda-style ethnic cleaning!!!

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    Chikomba chamaiJukwa 9 years ago

    #Straight Shooter, i hear you and feel you, these idiots deserve nothing from us, so goes at 85! why not the 90 one?

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    Petal 9 years ago

    Believe in the Almighty who created mankind in his own image and likeness – he is working in mysterious ways

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      Ruramai 9 years ago

      What mysterious ways Petal? The dude was 86 years old.

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        Petal 9 years ago

        They are all going one by one to face the almighty the one who has created the universe

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    Svopoz 9 years ago


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    Mafatshi 9 years ago

    SIMPLE LESSON: They can amass all the wealth stolen from the children of Zimbabwe. In the end what do they take except their pathetic selves.