Gordon Chavunduka passes on

FORMER University of Zimbabwe Vice-Chancellor and MDC-T senior official Professor Gordon Lloyd Chavunduka has died. He was 82.

Staff Reporter

The MDC-T confirmed Chavunduka’s death, saying he had been unwell for the past couple of years and he passed on in Harare on Friday.

MDC-T national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa described Chavunduka as an “oasis of wisdom” whose guidance in national politics would be missed by all.

At the time of his death, Chavunduka was in the MDC-T Guardian Council, a platform for elders in the party to give wisdom and direction to the leadership.

“We received the tragic news of the untimely death of one of our doyens in the struggle for democracy and real change.  He was a leader in the party of excellence, an oasis of wisdom and stability,” said Chamisa.

Born in 1931 at St Augustine’s Mission in Penhalonga, Mutare district, Chavunduka did his secondary education at Goromonzi High School in Mashonaland East before obtaining a diploma in agriculture.

He proceeded to obtain a BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of California in the United States, an MA in Sociology from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and a PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of London.

The esteemed academic worked his way up the academic ranks from assistant lecturer in 1966 to professor of sociology from 1979 to 1992, when he was then appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe for a five-year contract period.

In 1979, Chavunduka served as a member of the Abel Muzorewa delegation at the Lancaster House Conference which culminated in Zimbabwe’s independence the following year.

He also assumed the presidency of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers’ Association (Zinatha) and published numerous books on traditional medicine.


Mourners are gathered at his Mount Pleasant home in Harare and by the time of going to print last night, burial arrangements were not yet clear.

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40 Comments

  1. Ndosaka angaasacha nzvikwi, ndewe chinja

    1. Ur obviously uneducated!

    2. Chavunduka was a great man both as an educational person and leader of the traditional healers association may he rest in peace

    3. Such are warped conceptions from ZANU PF stoogies who think they can determine whether to exalt great people or bring them down. RIP BABA Chavhunduka.

  2. Zororai murugare sekuru chavhunduka

  3. Very sad indeed . A great educationist gone too soon . ZTV 8:00 pm news slotted the item much later as an afterthought or gap filler yet this great man was once a vice chancellor of the UZ . But you can never pull a good man down . May an eternal curse descend upon the ZBC and its diabolical staffers manufactured in Hell and crafted by the blood soaked Beelzebub himself.

    1. tell them..we need disciplinarians like you…such idiots have no place in out beautiful society..he belongs in the capital city of hell

    2. george bachinche

      HAve yiou ever been a news bulletin editor to judge whether his death should be headline news?

  4. Prof Chavunduka is a man who always enouraged staff and students to do the good work they wanted to do even if there were difficulties to be met on the way. I remember him saying to me: ‘If you are criticised by bad people for what you are doing, it means it is good, They have no right to stop you.’ As I worked with him at the University, he was one never to close his door to lecturers and students to come and see him on both professional and personal grounds.

    Even many years after I left the University as a member of staff, we always talked about how best to do certain things to achieve our goals. He is a friend I will miss for all my life. He made me know all his family, as a personal friend, and all of them have been my friends ever since. An honest man who never gave me advice to please me, but sometimes hard advice which at times gave me sleepless nights about my vision mixed with his vision.

    Rest in peace, wonderful man. Your students and former colleagues will miss you. May they come in their numbers to send you off regardless of different political views. You taught us to differ without fighting.

    RIP Mzee!

    1. Fitting salutation indeed..and of course those who have appropriated the liberation of this country to themselves should remember that Chavundukas name will not be erased from the history of this country as he was also one of the forerunners in the liberation of this great country. He served this country with marked distinction before and after independence. It is fitting that a distinguished writer like Chenjerai Hove should laud this luminary.

    2. george bachinche

      @Hove,
      You seem to be presenting yourself as Chavunduka’s peer. What were you teaching at UZ?

  5. Rest in peace professor chavunduka

  6. RIP professor, you really knew your traditional medicine. Despite being so educated you did not become a snob and turn your back on traditional medicine and practices, politics aside.

  7. Rest in peace professor.He never compromised himself.

  8. Gk uri kutu

  9. Farewell, Gordon! A very nice man, a wise observer of human nature, and a delightful colleague.

    Don Munro, UZ Professor Psychology 1978-1984

  10. N’anga hombe yepasi pano yatisiya zorora murugare Gordon wakarakidza varungu kuti mheni haasi ma electrons asi tinoigadzira isu vatema zvese nekuteya mariva RIP Chavhunduka bt paMDC kurasika chaiko

    1. Une maziso asi hauone kana njere hauna.

  11. I think GK meant that the prof was blocked from the state media because he held different political views. I may be wrong though. Rest in peace GURU

  12. Since when is Newsday published on Sunday. The journos just failed to deliver the article in time hence Herald has it.

  13. WILLARD MUBVUMBI

    RESPETAR LOS MUERTOS.

  14. There should be tolerance of divergent views and freedom of choice and association . That is guaranteed in the constitution . Nobody should act like a Big Brother and dictate which party to support . Imagine a grade 7 telling a university professor to change a party of his choice ! This is the height of insanity and delusions of grandeur .

  15. Rest in peace Professor. You stood for academic freedom in difficult times. Your example was an inspiration. We missed you the moment you were forced out of the U.Z administration. Your spirit and the spirit of Prf. Walter Kamba made the UZ the great institution it was up to the 19190s. We shall rise again. Greatness is Zimbabwe’s destiny.

  16. madenga Innocent

    Was my Vice-Chancellor at the UZ between 1992-4.

    RIP Prof. I personally apologised to him at an Elder Workshop that we used to call him a N’anga.

  17. Rest in peace..Prof Chavhunduka…A true gentleman to all who knew him

  18. Silvester Matambo

    Muzorewa, Mdc, wrong turns = obscurity

  19. @Ch, Education is a good thing, but sometimes EDUCATION is OVER-RATED, we look up to educated people and expect too much from them. Some of the biggest thieves, liars & oppressors are educated.

  20. This goes to show that God is great, above all nature and all created things. GL, you were a guru i traditional medicies…..but when God said yes, noone can say no.

  21. RIP life president of zinatha. What happens to zinatha which he presided over since inceptiom like a personal fiefdom. He was a senior member of a democratic movement who brocked no opposition in his zinatha

  22. His politics was wrong. From UANC pre 1980 to MDC-T at death.

  23. mushaikwa phillip

    Vana ngatichemei nemhuri yeKwachavhunduka nguva ino ko kupopota makakunzwa kupi pafiwa ravadhanzi chema i nevanochema ticharunza rungano rwavo pagrave side nevanokodzera kutaura nenguva Mwari vaita kuda kwavo zororai murugare Zinatha ikagona ngavaitewo Trust Fund kuti fundo ienderere mberi tinonozvionawo zvakaitwa nevamwe ngati dzidze kuendesa legacy yedu mberi panekutukana makadzidze pi vafana

  24. Let’s not rush to condemn a man’s soul & call him derogatory names like “beelzebub/ lucifer” (the chief of demons, wizards, witches etc) just because he occupied such a position & sat in that seat while alive.

  25. Nhai iye chavhunduka wacho akadii kuteya riva rake?

  26. WILLARD MUBVUMBI

    Nyoka huru haizvirume. Hazvaigona kuti ateye riva rake.

  27. gk uri mukosho rip mr chavunduka

  28. May your soul rest in peace and I thank you for all the things you did for the country. Your family has been a blessed one well educated and hard working. We will keep doing the good work in the way you taught us.

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