“The MDC has learnt with shock and sadness over the death of Senator Tichaona Mudzingwa, the Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development. He was 69,” the MDC said in a statement.
Dr Mudzingwa, who was born on December 23, 1942 died at the privately owned Avenues Clinic last night after a short illness.
Mudzingwa, Zimbabwe’s first specialist war surgeon was in March 2009 nominated by Tsvangirai to be a non-consistency senator and in the same month was appointed the Deputy Minister for Transport and Infrastructural Development.
“He started his political career in January 1960 when he joined the National Democratic Party’s Youth Wing, while learning at Fletcher High in Gweru. He is a former member of Zanu (PF) and ZAPU and underwent military training as a guerrilla fighter in Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia,” the MDC said.
“Senator Mudzingwa is a war veteran and during the liberation war was a member of the Military High Command from 1975 to 1980. He is the first medical doctor to receive full military training and to be deployed to the military front in Zambia and Mozambique from 1975 to 1980 when Zimbabwe attained its independence.”
Dr Mudzingwa served in the Zimbabwe National Army, he was retired army Colonel, and he served in the army from 1980 to 1994. He was commander of the Zimbabwe Medical Corps and was awarded several medals for his service in the army, the MDC said.
He was a founding member of the MDC. From 2000 to 2006, he was the MDC’s Secretary for Health and Security. In 2005, he was the MDC candidate for Buhera North constituency in the Parliamentary election.
He died still practising as a medical doctor. Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.