SAD NEWS: Ex war veterans chairman dies

FILE: Liberation war comrades

LIBERATION war stalwart, Cde John Munodawafa Gwitira, (73) has died.

Cde Gwitira, whose Chimurenga name was Cde Kenneth Gwindingwi, died yesterday night at Murambi Garden Clinic in Mutare after a long illness.

Cde Gwitira’s wife, Mrs Monica Gwitira, confirmed her husband’s death this morning.

“Cde Gwitira died at Murambi Garden Clinic around midnight. He has been unwell for some time after being operated on in 2015. Mourners are gathered at Lovestock Farm near Old Mutare Mission in Mutasa District. Funeral arrangements will be advised in due course,” said Mrs Gwitira.

Cde Gwitira who served as the chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association from 1989 to 1997 is survived by his wife, six daughters and three grandchildren.

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Cde Gwitira was born on October 17, 1949 in Nyanyadzi, Chimanimani District.

He was educated at Chibero College of Agriculture where he was expelled for his political activism.

In 1970, he joined the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA) and was one of the most senior commanders at the beginning of the liberation war at a very young age.

— Manica Post

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