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activist Nhamo Musekiwa dies
Movement for Democratic Change
October 25, 2007
Nhamo Musekiwa, an MDC
activist who was also President Morgan Tsvangirai's bodyguard since
the formation of the MDC in 1999, died yesterday in a South African
He was 37 when he passed
away yesterday afternoon.
Musekiwa was an opinion
and community leader before the formation of the MDC. He was a pioneer
of the MDC's youth assembly; a pathfinder who traveled the length
and breadth of the country helping in creating structures and spreading
the gospel of change in the formative years of our struggle.
Musekiwa was recuperating
in hospital following injuries he sustained when he was brutally
assaulted and tortured, together with President Tsvangirai and other
senior party leaders, during the aborted prayer meeting in the working-class
suburb of Highfield in Harare on 11 March 2007.
President Morgan Tsvangirai,
his family, the party's staff and members and supporters have received
the news of Musekiwa's death with grief and sorrow.
The story of the long
and arduous road to a new Zimbabwe and a new beginning will never
be complete without the mention of Nhamo Musekiwa, a committed man
who was so faithful, so committed to the struggle and so trustworthy
as to be entrusted with the security and life of the President.
Musekiwa, who shared
the same cell and helped President Tsvangirai when he was fainting
during their detention at Borrowdale police station in March, has
been recuperating in South Africa since his brutal and barbaric
His brother, Caisson,
says Musekiwa never recovered from the brutal assault and has been
vomiting blood since the fateful day on 11 March 2007.
He was born on 20 April,
1970, in Mwenezi Communal Area in Neshuro village in Masvingo Province.
He attended Mwenezi Primary
School before proceeding to Zengeza High School in Chitungwiza for
his secondary education from 1985 to 1990.
After the completion
of his secondary education, he did a course in carpentry and worked
for several years in the informal sector before joining the MDC's
Presidential security team at the party's inception in 1999.
He travelled with President
Tsvangirai in all the country's provinces. He encountered all the
life-threatening incidences with the President since 1999, including
the fateful and brutal assaults in Machipisa which marked his slow
and painful journey to his untimely death.
Musekiwa is survived
by his wife Edina. Burial arrangements are still in progress.
The President, his family
and all MDC supporters, are still shocked by the death of one of
the illustrious heroes of this struggle.
Musekiwa is our hero.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
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