Category: People

Journalist Zororo Makamba died

On this day in 2020, Zimbabwean journalist Zororo Makamba succumbed to COVID_19 (Coronavirus disease) at the age of 30. Makamba was the second person to test positive for the virus and his death was the first case recorded in Zimbabwe.

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Politician and co-founder of the NLWVA Margaret Dongo was born

On this day in 1960, freedom fighter and politician Margaret Dongo was born in Zimbabwe. Margaret joined the liberation struggle in her teens. In post colonial Zimbabwe she helped in the formation of the National Liberation War Veterans Association (NLWVA) in 1989 as well as advocated for the rights of women.

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The late musician Tongai Moyo was born

On this day in 1968, legendary sungura icon Tongai Moyo was born in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. Tongai Moyo often referred to as Dhewa rose to prominence in music in the 1990s. He died in 2011 at the age of 43.

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Freedom fighter and politician George Silundika was born

On this day in 1929, freedom fighter Tarcisius Malan George Silundika was born in Bulilimangwe District of Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Cde Silundika joined politics in the 1950s while at a South African University, he was a member of both the African National Council (ANC) and National Democratic Party (NDP) before they were banned. At the […]

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Journalist and political activist Itai Dzamara disappears

On this day in 2015, Zimbabwean journalist and political activist Itai Dzamara was kidnapped by unknown men. Dzamara was last seen in an incident where armed men approached him while he was at a local barber shop in Glenview and accused him of stealing cattle. The men took Dzamara to their unmarked vehicle and was […]

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Swimmer Peter Wetzlar was born

On this day in 1997, swimmer Peter Wetzlar was born in Zimbabwe. Peter represented the country at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships held in South Korea.

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Cricketer Tendai Chatara was born

On this day in 1991, cricketer Tendai Larry Chatara was born in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. Chatara plays for the Zimbabwean national cricket team.

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Activist and religious leader Evan Mawarire was born

On this day in 1977, Zimbabwean activist and religious leader Evan Mawarire was born. Mawarire obtained his education in Zimbabwe. He was a pastor at Celebration Church before establishing his own church, His Generation Church. He rose to prominence in politics when he organized protests (#ThisFlag) in the country that opposed Mugabe’s reign.

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Politician and ZimPF co-founding leader Rugare Gumbo was born

On this day in 1940, politician Rugare Aleck Ngidi Gumbo was born in Belingwe (Mberengwa) district of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Gumbo became active in politics at an early age during the liberation struggle. He was appointed Minister of Economic development in 2005 and Minister of Agriculture in 2007. In 2014, he was ousted from the ZANU-PF […]

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The first black president of Zimbabwe Canaan Banana was born

On this day in 1936, the first black president of independent Zimbabwe Canaan Banana was born in Matebeleland. He was also an ordained Methodist Minister as well as a theologian. Canaan Banana died in 2003 at the age of 67.

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The late MDC founding president and former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai was born

On this day in 1952, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai was born in Buhera, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Tsvangirai was a Zimbabwean politician who the Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) in 1999 and served as the country’s Prime Minister from 2009 to 2013. He died in 2018 at the age of 65.

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Activist Gift Tandare shot dead in Harare

On this day in 2007, Gift Tandare a member and activist of the MDC party was shot dead by the Zimbabwe police at a rally in Harare.

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Susan Tsvangirai died in a road traffic accident

On this day in 2009, Morgan Tsvangirai together with his wife Susan Tsvangirai were involved in an accident. The accident took place on the Harare-Masvingo highway as they were on their way to Buhera. Susan died on the accident scene whereas Morgan survived with injuries.

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Former chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku died

On this day in 2017, former chief justice Godfrey Chidyausiku died at a hospital in South Africa. He died due to liver and kidney problems at the age of 70.

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Cricketer Trevor Gwandu was born

On this day in 1998, Trevor Gwandu was born in Zimbabwe. Trevor is a cricketer who plays for the Midwest Rhinos.

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