Aeneas Chigwedere and Christopher Chigumba succumb to Covid-19


Emmerson Njanjamangezi

RENOWNED historian and former Cabinet minister, Aeneas Chigwedere, and businessman-cum-politician, Christopher Chigumba, have died of Covid-19-related complications.

Chigwedere, 81, died at his Wedza rural home yesterday, while Chigumba passed on in the capital after his health deteriorated. Deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, David Musabayana, who is also the legislator for Wedza North confirmed Chigwedere’s death to the Daily News.

“It’s a great loss to the constituency and the nation as a whole. Chigwedere was my mentor, he pushed me to join politics. He succumbed to Covid-19 at his rural home in Wedza.

“He was a great man who loved his country. We have lost a distinguished educationist and historian. It’s very sad,” Musabayana told the Daily News yesterday.

Chigwedere served as the minister of Education, Sports, and Culture and Resident minister and Governor of Mashonaland East province during the tenure of the late former president Robert Mugabe.

Meanwhile, veteran politician and businessman Chigumba also succumbed to Covid-19-related complications yesterday. Zanu PF Harare province chairperson Godwills Masimirembwa confirmed Chigumba’s death.

“We learnt with shock of the death of…Chigumba. He was a long-serving deputy chairperson of Harare province.

“The party is poorer without him. The family told us that he died of Covid-19-related complications,” Masimirembwa said.

Chigumba died on Thursday night at a local hospital where he was admitted after he fell ill.

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