tekere edgar.jpgZimbabwe Unity Movement president, Edgar Zivanai Tekere, has died.

 

He was 74.

Cde Tekere, who was battling with cancer, died at Murambi clinic in Mutare.

 

He was founder member and then president of the Zimbabwe African National Union who helped organise the party during the Lancaster House talks.

During the war, Cde Tekere served on the Zanu High Command, or Dare reChimurenga.

Together with the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, Cde Tekere served ten years in Hwa-Hwa State Prison as political prisoners of Smith’s government.

The two of them left upon release and crossed the Eastern Highlands Border in Mutare through the mountains by foot, following the Gairezi River trail to Seguranza Military Camp in Mozambique, to mastermind and kickstart guerilla warfare, aided by the then president Samora Machel, in 1975.

At independence, Cde Tekere was elected the first ZANU-PF Secretary-General and became instrumental in inviting Bob Marley to perform at Rufaro Stadium, for the official Zimbabwean Independence Celebration.

Cde Tekere was appointed Minister of Manpower Planning in President Mugabe’s Cabinet in 1980.

In 1988 Cde Tekere defected from ZANU PF and formed his party the Zimbabwe Unity Movement (ZUM) which contested zanu pf in the 1990 elections.

After failing to make an impact on the political scene ZUM’s collapsed in 1994, leading to cde tekere’s retirement from active politics.
In 2007 he released his memoir ‘A lifetime of struggle’ where he sadly attacked the works of various liberation war heroes demeaning the roles played by these gallant people.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela and one daughter.

Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced shortly.

Zanu PF Secretary for Information, Cde Rugare Gumbo, described Cde Tekere as a dedicated freedom fighter and selfless cadre whose contribution to the liberation was unquestionable.

 

He expressed the party’s heartfelt condolences to the Tekere family and said the late veteran politician’s contribution to the liberation struggle will always be cherished.