Kwekwe Central MP ‘Blackman’ Matambanadzo dies

Blessings Mashaya

KWEKWE Central MP Masango Matambanadzo, popularly known as Blackman, has died.

The National Patriotic Front (NPF) legislator died on yesterday at his home in Kwekwe after a long illness. He was 56.
Announcing his death, Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, said Matambanadzo was a hard-working legislator.
“He has been ill for quite some time since last year. He couldn’t make it. He was one of the active members, especially in the committee of mines.
“He used to proffer very practical ideas, especially on ensuring that the gold mining industry was carried out with integrity and he was against leakages and also supported the promotion of small-scale and artisanal miners. We extend our sympathies to Parliament and to his family. The family will be consoled by the fact that he was one of those active members in Parliament,” Mudenda said.
NPF spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire said Matambanadzo’s death was a huge loss.
“Receiving very sad news that our legislator, our only MP, Masango Matambanadzo is no more. It’s a very sad day for us as a party and as a country. The party will issue a statement later,” Mawarire said.
MDC legislator for Mbizo, Settlement Chikwinya, posted a condolence message saying: “Rise In Power my guy. You ran your race more than well. The heavens have gained a people’s person. Many acts you did cannot be surpassed by any. The community has lost.
Famba zvakanaka (Go well) Blackman. It’s not the poison they gave you that had taken you, but it’s simply God’s time, for we all have such a day. A day of promotion to be with the creator. Rest easy my guy. Till we meet again.”
Early this year, Matambanadzo revealed that he had been poisoned.
“My body turned yellow in one day when I fell sick. I want to thank you for your support and prayers. I did not imagine the kind of support that I received,” Matambanadzo said in the National Assembly early this year.
Matambanadzo was popular for his philanthropic work in Kwekwe where he assisted many downtrodden people.
He was expelled from Zanu PF in 2017. He stood as a NPF candidate in the 2018 parliamentary elections and won against MDC
Alliance’s Blessing Chebundo and the ruling party’s Kandros Mugabe.
At one time he was a close ally of President Emmerson Mnangangwa and National Security minister Owen Ncube.

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