Member of Parliament and highly respected academic, John Makumbe, has died this morning.
MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said, died at Arcadia Medical Centre in Harare after suffering a suspected heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and five children.
Late last year, the University of Zimbabwe professor announced he was going to take a break from teaching to contest in the forthcoming general elections as an MDC-T candidate for Buhera West constituency in Manicaland province.
Mwonzora said Makumbe was a “hero of the democratic struggle” in Zimbabwe and the MDC-T owes the success of the constitution making process to his wisdom as he was the technical adviser for the party.
Tributes are pouring in for the man who many have described as “a rare voice of sanity” in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights director Irene Petras said: “The white man from Buhera has gone too soon.”
“He was one of the few outspoken voices of conscience remaining in the academic community and a much loved member of the civil society. His wit, intellect and humour ensured that he and those around him were able to survive troubled times and remain resolute to the struggle for a better Zimbabwe.”