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Johane Masowe yeChishanu run riot, beating up anti-riot police in Budiriro, Harare

30 May 2014   Zimbabwe

On this day in 2015, members of the Johane Masowe eChishanu sect led by Madzibaba Ishmael Mufani attacked the Zimbabwe Republic Police with stones and knobkerries in Budidriro, Harare. This hostile confrontation took place after president of the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe Archbishop Johannes Ndanga had announced the the sect should be banned after reports of human rights abuses especially on the girl child. Police officers, reporters were injured and taken to hospital.

NewsDay Zimbabwe. 2021. Apostolic sect batters police. [online] Available at:

The Herald. 2021. Vapostori run amok in Budiriro. [online] Available at:

United Family Church pastor and gospel artist Michael Mahendere was born

28 May 1983   Zimbabwe

On this day in 1983, an award winning gospel artist minister Michael Mahendere was born in Zimbabwe. Mahendere began his music career at a tender age together with his brothers in a group called Mahendere Brothers. He married Vimbai Mahendere (Nyatsambo) in 2011.

Celebrity Age Wiki. 2021. Michael Mahendere Biography, Age, Height, Wife, Net Worth, Family. [online] Available at:

Movern Mahachi (then Minister of Defence) perishes in a road accident

26 May 2001  

On this day in 2001, politician Movern Mahachi died in an accident after his Land Rover Discovery collided with another vehicle in the Mutare-Nyanga road. He died at the age of 52.

Reporters, B., Reporters, B., Dickinson, B. and Sport, B., 2021. Mugabe 'devastated' as minister dies in crash. [online] The Telegraph. Available at:


Three MDC-Alliance leaders Joana Mamombe, Cecelia Chenembiri and Netsai Marowa went missing

13 May 2020   Zimbabwe

On this day in 2020, member of parliament of the Harare West constituency Joana Momombe and two MDC-A activists Netsai Marowa and Cecelia Chimbiri allegedly went missing following a protest which they led in Warren Park, Harare against the government’s failure to provide for the under-privileged during the COVID-19 pandemic. The three were missing for 2days.

the Guardian. 2021. Zimbabwean MDC activists 'abducted and sexually assaulted'. [online] Available at:

Pindula. 2021. Joana Mamombe - Pindula. [online] Available at:

The foundation of Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa/Forward in Faith Ministries in Zimbabwe by Ezekiel Guti

12 May 1960   Zimbabwe

On this day in 1960, Archbishop Ezekiel Handinawangu Guti began his ministry in Bindura under a gum tree. The ministry/church was named Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (now internationally recognized as Forward in Faith Ministries), with diverse ministries across the world including hospitals, children’s homes and tertiary institutions. E.H Guti also owns a television channel by the name Ezekiel TV which broadcast from South Africa. 2021. About Ezekiel H. Guti: Evangelist pastor who founded Forward in Faith Ministries International (1923 - n/a) | Biography, Facts, Career, Wiki, Life. [online] Available at:

Founder of the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa/Forward in Faith Ministries Ezekiel Handinawangu Guti was born. He is also the founder and chancellor of Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University in Bindura

05 May 1923   Zimbabwe

On this day in 1923, religious leader, philanthropist and chancellor Archibishop Ezekiel Handinawangu Guti was born in Chipinge, Zimbabwe. E.H Guti is married to Prophetess Eunor Guti, they had a son who died in 2017. Archibishop Guti founded his church (ZAOGA/ FIF), which has branches worldwide. He has also established hospitals, schools, tertiary institutions as well as bible schools across Africa. 2021. Ezekiel Guti - Wikipedia. [online] Available at:

posts, V., 2021. CHART OF THE LIFE OF EZEKIEL HANDINAWANGU GUTI. [online] TheAmbassador's Closet. Available at:

Former Minister of Information and Publicity and ZANU-PF Central Committee member Dr Sikhanyiso Ndhlovu was born

04 May 1937   Zimbabwe

On this day in 1937, Zimbabwe politician and educationist Dr Sikhanyiso Duke Ndlovu was born. He was the Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education in 1995 to 2000 and in 2007 he was appointed Minister of Information and Publicity. At the time of his death in 2016, he was the Chairman of the Zimbabwe National Army schools as well as ZANU-PF member.

Pindula. 2021. About Sikhanyiso Ndlovu - Pindula, Local Knowledge. [online] Available at:

Former Association Soccer coach and player Sunday Chidzambwa was born

04 May 1952   Zimbabwe

On this day in 1952, former football coach and player Sunday Marimo Chidzambwa was born in Enkeldoorn (Chivhu), Zimbabwe. Chidzambwa played for Dynamos as defender where he won five league championships and also for Zimbabwe at international level in the FIFA world cup qualifying match in 1980. After retiring as a player, he managed several football cubs in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He was appointed Zimbabwe National Team coach in 2017 and he retired in 2019. 2021. About Sunday Chidzambwa: Zimbabwean football player and manager (1952-) | Biography, Facts, Career, Wiki, Life. [online] Available at:

Former Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku died

03 May 2017   South Africa

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.

The Herald. 2021. UPDATED: Chidyausiku dies. [online] Available at:

Former Minister of Youth Development, Indegenisation and Empowerment Francis Nhema was born

17 April 1959   Zimbabwe

On this day in 1959, politician Francis Nhema was born in Shurugwi, Zimbabwe. Francis Nhema became active in politics in 1975 and was a member of ZANU-PF. Under the Government of National Unity, he was appointed minister on Environment and Tourism (2009-2013). In 2013, he was appointed Minister of Youth Development, Indegenisation and Empowerment, he was suspended from this post after he was accused of planning to overthrow then president Robert Mugabe.

Pindula. 2021. Francis Nhema - Pindula. [online] Available at:


Former vice-president of Zimbabwe Joice Mujuru was born


On this day in 1955, politician Joice Mujuru (born Runaida Mugari) was born in Mt Darwin in Zimbabwe. Mujuru joined the Rhodesian Bush War as a teenager and was nicknamed “Teurai Ropa” because of her war tactics. In 1977, she got married to the late Solomon Mujuru. Post independance she was appointed Minister of Sports, Youth and Recreation. Following the death Simon Muzenda who was then Vice-president in 2004, Mujuru became his successor. In 2014, after being accused of plotting against then President Robert Mugabe, she was dismissed as vice-president and ousted from the ZANU-PF party the following year. She went on and formed another political party called Zimbabwe People First.

The late Methodist Minister and first black Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia Bishop Abel Muzorewa was born

14 April 1925   Zimbabwe

On this day in 1925, politician and religious leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa was born in Old Umtali (Mutare), Zimbabwe. Muzorewa studied theology at Old Umtali Bible School, he was ordained as a Methodist priest in 1963 and in 1968 he was ordained as Bishop. In 1971, together Canaan Banana, they formed the United African National Congress (UANC). In 1978-79, he was the principal negotiator with Ian Smith and the negotiations led to the formation of the Interim Government making him the first black Prime Minister of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia under the Internal Settlement. However, other parties (ZANU and ZAPU) did not support rather they continued with the armed struggle. Muzorewa’s reign as Prime Minister ended at the Lancaster in 1980 when Zimbabwe was declared independent. He died in 2010.

Historica Wiki. 2021. Abel Muzorewa. [online] Available at:

Oxford Reference. 2021. Abel Tendekayi Muzorewa. [online] Available at:

The attack launched on the 10th by Rhodesian army and military personnel on ZAPU rebels came to an end

14 April 1979   Zambia

On this day in 1979, the attack launched By Rhodesian army and military on ZAPU rebels between Lusaka and Malungushi, Zambia came to an end. Twelve ZAPU rebels died. 2021. 46. Rhodesia/Zimbabwe (1964-present). [online] Available at:

Ian Smith becomes prime minister of Southern Rhodesia

13 April 1964   Zimbabwe

On this day in 1964, Ian Douglas Smith became the Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) succeeding Winston Field. 2021. 46. Rhodesia/Zimbabwe (1964-present). [online] Available at: 2021. Ian Smith - Wikipedia. [online] Available at:

Former Zimbabwe National Soccer Team Captain Norman Mapeza was born

12 April 1972   Zimbabwe

On this day in 1972, footballer Norman Mapeza was born in Zimbabwe. Mapeza began his football career playing for Darryn Textiles F.C in Harare. He then moved to Europe where he played for Galatasaray in the 1990s UEFA Champions League. He also coached football clubs in Zimbabwe before becoming the Warriors Captain. Currently, he is the head coach of a South African football club. 2021. About Norman Mapeza: Zimbabwean footballer (1972-) | Biography, Facts, Career, Wiki, Life. [online] Available at:

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