Zanu-PF Youth leader Magura Charumbira has passed on after he was involved in a road traffic accident near Norton earlier on today (Monday). Charumbira died after the car he was travelling in crashed into a stationary haulage truck along the Harare-Bulawayo Road near the Norton tollgate. The Chronicle reports that Charamba was on his way to Harare.
Charumbira became famous when the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) launched a manhunt to find and apprehend him after he allegedly led other youth members in heckling and booing former first lady Grace Mugabe at a Youth Interface Rally in November last year. The heckling caused former president Robert Mugabe to visibly lose his temper when he threatened to sack his then deputy, President Emmerson Mnangagwa blaming him for the humiliation. Charumbira’s actions indirectly accelerated the events which led to the downfall of Mugabe and the ascendancy of Mnangagwa after Mugabe made good on his threat to fire Mnangagwa. This resulted in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces launching Operation Restore Legacy less than two weeks later.
Charumbira also allegedly threatened to unleash violence at the National Heroes Acre if then-Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko presided over the funeral of Shuvai Mahofa in August last year. Charumbura was also alleged to have participated in the assault of the 8 Mthwakazi youths who protested against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s role in Gukurahundi.