President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent a condolence message to the Mguni family following the death of Zanu PF Deputy Chief Whip and provincial treasurer, Cde Obedingwa Mguni who died on Tuesday in Harare after a long battle with diabetes.

“On behalf of myself, the government and the Zanu PF party, I extend my deepest condolences to the Mguni family,” said President Mnangagwa.

The President said it is a great loss to his family, his constituency of Mangwe, the legislature, his party Zanu PF, and above all to his country whose liberation he fought for alongside many other cadres.

He added that Cde Mguni was a humble man who was committed to serving his country, demonstrating the hallmark of patriotism.

Meanwhile, Zanu PF provincial chairman Cde Rabelani Choene said the body of Cde Mguni will leave Harare this Friday (today) and lie at his Macingwane home in Plumtree  ahead of burial on Saturday (tomorrow).

Cde Choene appealed to people in Matabeleland South, North and Bulawayo provinces as well as those from other parts of the country to come in their thousands to give Cde Mguni a befitting send off.

Cde Mguni joined the liberation struggle at the age of 15.

He went to Zambia in 1976 where he completed lower six at Mukushi College before going to Libya for military training.

He came back to Zimbabwe and became the Zanu PF Youth Secretary in 1983.

Cde Mguni then relocated to Johannesburg and became the chairman of the war veterans in the neighbouring country between 2001 and 2011.

He then assumed the post of Matabeleland South war veterans chairman between 2014 and 2017.

Cde Mguni is survived by his wife Hlalani and 3 children.