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Zanu-PF mourns Chidawu

by Staff reporter
19 Jul 2022 at 17:40hrs | Views
Zanu-PF has expressed shock following the death of Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Provincial Affairs and Devolution Oliver Chidawu.

Chidawu collapsed and died this morning at his home.

He was 66.

Speaking on the passing on of Chidawu at a press conference at Zanu-PF headquarters this morning, Zanu-PF Deputy national political commissar Omega Hungwe described Chidawu "as a loyal, patriotic and hardworking cadre", saying his death is a great loss to the party and nation at large.

"We are saddened by the death of minister and politburo member, Chidawu, I worked with him when he was young when he became a councillor and when he became Mayor of Harare. He later became a central committee member before becoming a minister. He was a loyal, patriotic and hardworking cadre, and as Harare Province this is a great loss to us. Whenever any among us had challenges we would go to him," she said.

Zanu-PF Harare Metropolitan Province chairman, Goodwills Masimirembwa said Harare province has lost a fountain of wisdom.

"This is a sad day for Harare Metropolitan Province. This is the shocking and sad news we have received. We are saddened by this untimely death of our colleague. Chidawu was a fountain of wisdom, a tireless mobiliser for the party, and a pillar of strength for all of us," he said.

Senator Chidawu was born in 1954 and in 1984 became the youngest mayor in the history of Harare City Council at the age of 29.

A chartered engineer and entrepreneur, Senator Chidawu was chairman of African Banking Corporation Zimbabwe, non-executive chairman of Manders Group, and founder of Kuchi Group of Companies.

Senator Chidawu was also a major shareholder in Bitumen Construction. He was also a founding shareholder and director of Heritage Investment Bank which merged with First Merchant Bank in 1997.

He also sat on the board of Bindura Nickel Corporation Ltd.

He was also a director at Starafrica corporation, and was once the chairman at Pelhams Ltd and Zimplow Ltd.

Source - the herald
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