Businessman Chiyangwa dies

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by Nqobile Tshili

ZANU-PF Bulawayo Central District chairperson and city businessman Joe Reeds Chiyangwa has died. He died on Saturday at Gweru General Hospital in a private ward where he had been taken for a medical check up. Family spokesperson Shadreck Makombe described Cde Chiyangwa as an illustriousbusinessman who was people oriented.

“He died at Gweru General Hospital private ward on April 23. I can’t disclose what claimed his life as I haven’t seen the doctor’s report. However, I can describe him as a hard working person who was industrious and a proven businessman. He had the zeal to go forward,” said Makombe.

He dispelled a popular rumour that the deceased was not a Chiyangwa but actually Chinanga. “He was Chiyangwa not Chinanga. I don’t know where people are getting that from,” he said.

Chiyangwa was once denounced by Zifa president Phillip Chiyangwa after he had allegedly claimed that the Harare businessman was his brother. Makombe said Chiyangwa’s commitment to work with the people was shown by his position in politics.

“He was elected Zanu-PF city centre district chairperson. This shows that he had a good relationship with the people,” he said. Makombe said the family has not made burial arrangements as they are waiting for other relatives who are based across the world.

“This happened last night so we haven’t met as a family to discuss those things. Some are coming from the diaspora while others are in different places in the country. Right now people are gathered in Bulawayo, Gweru and some at his rural home. We’re still to make a decision as to where the mourners will be gathered,” said Makombe.

Bulawayo provincial chairman Dennis Ndlovu said he has been informed about his death but it was too early for the party to make a decision regarding him.

“I was told last night but I’m travelling to Harare. I can’t say much now because the party hasn’t met over his death. Those remaining behind will make a decision regarding him,” said  Ndlovu.-Chronicle

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