Zim Minister Mukonoweshuro dies

His MDC party spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora confirmed the death.

“He died this morning. He wasn’t feeling well and went to South Africa for an operation sometime. We are still getting the details,” said Mwonzora.

The former University of Zimbabwe lecturer was one of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s close allies. He became minister of Public Service in 2009 at the inception of the Government of National Unity (GNU).

He was the Member of Parliament for Gutu South.

During his time in government he was credited for conducting a civil servants audit which unearthed in excess of 70 000 ghost workers who are still costing the cash strapped government millions of dollars every month.

He however sadly died before he could implement the recommendations of the audit which could have eased the government burden of paying public workers meaningful salaries.

Mukonoweshuro, was considered as one of Tsvangirai’s closet advisers. He belonged to a group with the MDC party that is euphemistically referred to as “Kitchen cabinet.”

Information regarding his burial was yet to be finalised at the time of writing.