Veteran Zim politician Chavunduka dies

2013-01-14 08:09
Nelson Chamisa, spokesperson for the Movement for Democratic Change. (File, AFP)

Nelson Chamisa, spokesperson for the Movement for Democratic Change. (File, AFP)

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Harare - Gordon Chavunduka, a Zimbabwean politician who was among negotiators for independence from Britain, died in hospital in the capital Harare on Friday after a long battle with cancer, his party said.

"I can confirm Professor Chavunduka has passed on," said Nelson Chamisa, spokesperson for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

"We have lost one of the doyens of the struggle for real change. It's very sad indeed for the family of democracy and for Zimbabweans across the political spectrum," Chamisa told AFP.

Chavunduka, 82, was on the delegation to the 1979 Lancaster House Conference that led to Zimbabwe's independence in 1980.

He was a senior member of the MDC, serving on the guardian council of elder politicians, unionists and scholars.

A trained sociologist, he was vice-chancellor at the University of Zimbabwe, published several books on traditional medicine and was president of the Zimbabwe traditional healers' association.

He was widely respected across the political spectrum.

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