Kangai had been suggested for Senate chair

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ZANU PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday revealed that Kumbirai Kangai died a day after some politburo members had informally proposed that he be considered for the post of deputy president of the Senate in recognition of the pivotal role he played during the armed struggle.

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Kangai collapsed and died at his Borrowdale home in Harare on Saturday, 24 hours after the politburo met and nominated Beitbridge Senator Tambudzani Mohadi for the post despite recommendations for his nomination.

“It wasn’t a formal proposal as such. People (politburo members) made the suggestion though the suggestion was not discussed formally,” Gumbo told NewsDay yesterday. He said he first met Kangai in Zimuto communal areas, Masvingo, in 1960 where the late nationalist was a temporary teacher.

“I was doing Form Three and he was a temporary teacher when we met. Our friendship strengthened when we reunited in the United States a few years later as he studied to be a medical technician. We demonstrated against UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence) at the United Nations headquarters in New York in 1965 and this marked the beginning of our long political journey,” said Gumbo.

He said they both returned to Zimbabwe in 1973 and crossed into Zambia where they underwent military training before being elected into the Dare ReChimurenga (War Council) chaired by the late Herbert Chitepo. After independence, Gumbo cited Kangai’s fierce opposition to Britain’s refusal to compensate white commercial farmers when he was Agriculture minister at the turn of the millenium and his push for the land reform programme as his major milestones.

Kangai is to be buried at the National Heroes’ Acre on Saturday.

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  1. “Armed struggle” isina chayakaunza. Zanu or Zapu never won a single skirmish against the Rhodesians so why continue to bang on about it? Isu ndisu takavhotera Zanu muna 1980.

      • @NANSI LENDODA – I was born in 1935. In 1980 I voted for Zannu after the Lancaster House Conference. The reason I voted for Zanu in 1980 was because my tsano (sibhale) brother-in-law was a detainee and member of Zanu. I regret that decision but you can see why I voted for Zanu in 1980. But I don’t remember Zanu or Zapu winning any battles against the Rhodesians.

        • Our was a guerrilla war and not a conventional war. Can you site any battles for the liberation struggle? In a conventional war it’s easy to identify specific battles but in a guerrilla war it’s about attrition and skirmishes until the enemy can’t protect it’s territory. The settlers lost the war.

  2. Lmaoooo zhanu chese chese armed struggle. Ko kuisa munhu pachigaro nekuti he is capable.? Since most of these so called armed struggle people will be dead in 10-20 years ndiani manje achaleader since panenge pasisina chimurenga zhanuz.

  3. Kangai was a specialist in theiving. God knows. All that he stole will not go into the grave with the man. A lesson to a lot of theives around.

  4. MUNHU ONAKA NHASI NEKUTI AFA.MUSATYA KUTAURA KANGAI WAS A THIEF AKABA KUGMB ASI NHASI YOU CONTINUE SAYING HE WAS FREEDOM FIGHTER KO KUTI HE WAS A FREEDOM FIGHTER AS WELL AS A WELL AS A THIEF.IZVI ZVIRI PACHENA SEMAPARTS EGEJO.ONE DOWN GOD IS TAKING HARVESTING HIS SEEDS

  5. Musona your level of ignorance is appalling. You fail to appreciate that the same freedom of expression you are abusing came through sacrifice within the same struggle.

  6. He died before the completion of the tarring of the 130km Murambinda- Berchnough Bridge Road.We are banging on Cde Chinotimba now.

  7. KK hapana chaakaba it’s a public information kuti mari dzeGMB nedzanyakuendaNOCZIM chikoore dzakabiwa nezanu dzichiendeswa kwanaDRC .RIP bro KK

  8. @Edward Dube usatuke mudhara Musona iwe ndiwe usinganzwisise.kana muno muine freedom of expression sei herald rakavhara macomments kubva pakangorega Chamisa basa…enda unokomendaka uriko kuchipepa chenyu tione handiti hamudi kusvorwa saka hamudi kunzwa kuti vanhu vanofungei…be careful nezanu yako iyoyo..kana history inotaurwa naMudhara musona ndinotoona kuti ndeye chokwadi ini..iye zvino vana vedu vachanyeperwa kuti ana gary magadzire,border gezi nana chris ushewokunze magamba eZimbzbwe idzo dziri mbavha nemhondi dzabhobho.

  9. After Hebert Chitepo was killed in a car bomb in Lusaka Zambia, President Kenneth Kaunda set up an inquiry commission on the matter. Kangai, Josiah Tongogara, Robson Manyika and Rugare Gumbo were found to have been directly involved in the murder of Chitepo and hence they were imprisoned by the Zambian authories, only to be released after some diplomatic moves by the Zanu leadership. Kangai was a known hitman and a murderous cde then. You dared not cross him and his group. In the group that was the most murderous, only Rugare Gumbo is still alive.

  10. Madhlira Rugare vanyepa apo kuti Kangai aida kupiwa chikudhla chevuSenator .Ini ndinoti kuda kufadza hama dzemufi chete nekuti bumbiro idzva remutemo rinoti Mugabe anopa masimba kumasenator mashanu asina kuvhotegwa . Ko imwi maigozopiwawo papi imwi makadhliwa naJuly Moyo hamutendi kuti murikufarira kuti mave nemukanwa manje wokuwanawo chikudhla . Farai Gumbo farai nokuti kufa kwavamwe vamwe vanopiwa vushe

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