Friday, 17 June 2016

MUCHEMWA DECLARED NATIONAL HERO

The late Special Disability Advisor in the Office of the President, former minister of health, and war veteran, Retired Brigadier General Felix Muchemwa has been declared a national hero.

The late Retired Brigadier General Muchemwa, who died in Egypt on Sunday, was 71. He will be buried at the National Heroes Acre on Sunday.

Retired Brigadier General Muchemwa succumbed to peripheral neuropath cancer which affects the nerves. It is believed that the disease resulted from oregano phosphate poisoning during the war of liberation.

He had lived with the painful condition for the past 24 years.

Born in Mhondoro-Ngezi in 1945, Retired Brigadier General Muchemwa attended St Michaels Primary School and Kutama before going to Fletcher High School in Gweru.

He later enrolled at the University of Rhodesia in 1967, where he led a series of students demonstrations against the white regime, resulting in his expulsion from university.

In 1970, he left Zimbabwe to further his studies in England and is among the first qualified medical doctors to join liberation the struggle.

He abandoned the luxury of being a medical doctor in Birmingham and joined the educated cadreship that had joined the struggle among them the late Cde Herbert Ushewokunze and the current Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi.

He once served as health minister and at the time of his death he was the Special Disability Advisor in the Office of the President and Cabinet.

Meanwhile, the body of Retired Brigadier General Muchemwa has arrived in the country from Egypt.

The body which was accompanied by his wife, Chaplain General Joseph Nyakudya, Minister David Parirenyatwa and a foreign affairs official, was received at the Harare International Airport by family members, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda and his deputy, Cde Justin Mupamhanga, Minister Sydney Sekeramayi among other government officials.

Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantine Chiwenga and other senior officers in the military also received the body.

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