By Mutsa Makuvaza
THE Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army, Lieutenant-General Edzai Absalom Chakanyuka Chimonyo, has died.
According to Presidential spokesperson George Charamba, Chimonyo died after a long battle with cancer.
“DEVASTATED TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSING ON OF GENERAL CHIMONYO EARLY THIS MORNING AFTER A LONG FIGHT AGAINST CANCER. GO WELL FREEDOM FIGHTER, COMMANDER AND AMBASSADOR!” said Charamba.
Chimonyo assumed his current position in December 2017 when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General by President Emmerson Mnangagwa who himself had just taken over from RobertMugabe. Chimonyo took over from General Philip Valerio Sibanda, who was promoted to be the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (CDF).
Before he was appointed as the Commander of the ZNA, Chimonyo was on secondment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Tanzania.
In December 2020 it was reported that Chimonyo had been airlifted to India. He was reportedly suffering from lung complications.
More details to follow… – Zimbabwe Voice ■