amai tungamirai.jpgThe wife to the late national hero, Retired Air chief Marshall Josiah Tungamirai, Amai Pamela Christine Tungamirai whose chimurenga name was Pamela Hondoyakura has died.      

She was 56.
 
Family spokesperson, Thomas Tungamirai said, Cde Pamela Tungamirai died at the Avenues Clinic early yesterday after being admitted for several days suffering from hypertension and stomach pains.    
         
Thomas described Mai Tungamirai as a mother figure who worked for the advancement of women’s rights during and after the war of liberation.
         
Her niece Mrs. Charity Charamba described the death of Amai Tungamirai as a great loss adding that the Tungamirai family has been hit hard as they also lost a young brother to the late Retired Chief Air Marshall Josiah Tungamirai.
       
Born  on the 18th of November 1954, Cde Tungamirai attended primary school in Harare and high school at Goromonzi and took up nursing in 1975.

She left nursing to take up a teaching post in the then Sipolilo now Guruve with the intention of linking up with freedom fighters.
      
In 1977 Amai Tungamirai crossed the border into Mozambique where she received her military training at Tembwe and later joined the ZANLA medical corps before transferring to Chimoio to practice as a mid wife.

She was one of the delegates who attended the Lancaster House Conference in London in 1979.
    
On her return from the war at independence she joined government but left the civil service in 1989 to pursue politics.
   
From 1990 to 2000 she was ZANU-PF’s Member of Parliament for Mabvuku and Tafara.
    
She was a ZANU-PF Central Committee member from 1990 to 2009 when she resigned due to ill health.
    
Mai Tungamirai was married to the late Retired Chief Air Marshall Josiah Tungamirai in 1978.
     
She is survived by three sons Thomas, Tawanda and Bongani and three grand children.
     
Mourners are gathered at house number 38 Clyde road in Eastlea, Harare.
    Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.