A ZANU-PF Central Committee member for Midlands province, Timothy Gandire- Mhuri, has died aged 88. The Sunday Mail reports that Gandire-Mhuri succumbed to kidney failure at a private hospital in Borrowdale on Saturday morning.
The development was confirmed by another Midlands Central Committee member, Emmanuel Fundira, who also said that the provincial executive committee has since written to the Politburo requesting that he be declared a national hero. Fundira said:
We have written to the party requesting national hero status for one of the pillars of the province who played a pivotal role during the liberation struggle.
Gandire-Mhuri was born in Shurugwi on October 2 1930. He joined Zanu-PF in 1952 and later moved to Zambia to open a transport business. While in Zambia, he provided liberation fighters with accommodation and transportation and became a target of Zambian and Rhodesian colonial governments.
He reportedly worked with senior party leaders such as Herbert Chitepo, Enock Dumbutshena and President Mnangagwa. Gandire-Mhuri to Zimbabwe at independence and was appointed a Central Committee member, a position he held until his death.
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