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THE Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) on Friday announced the death of Brigadier-General Mbonisi Gatsheni and Colonel Charles Pride Muchero, both succumbed to COVID-19 related complications.
Brigadier-General (Rtd) Gatsheni, whose Chimurenga name was Chris Fuyane, passed away at United Bulawayo Hospitals in Bulawayo on Monday, aged 68.
He was buried on Friday at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo.
In a statement, ZNA director Public Relations, Colonel Alphios Makotore said: “The Zimbabwe National Army is deeply saddened to announce the death of Brigadier-General (Rtd) Mbonisi Gatsheni and Colonel Charles Pride Muchero.”
Brigadier (Rtd) General Gatsheni was born on 09 March 1953 in Gwanda District, Matabeleland South Province.
He joined the liberation struggle in 1976 when he crossed the border into Botswana, from where his group was later on uplifted to Lusaka, Zambia to join the Liberation Struggle with the ZIPRA forces.
The late Brigadier (Rtd) General Gatsheni is survived by his wife Loveness Nkosi and five children.
Meanwhile, Colonel Muchero, whose Chimurenga name was Charles Masendeke, passed away on Friday morning at Mbuya Dorcas Hospital in Harare after having been hospitalised since 22 July. He was 61.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.
He was born on 19 December 1960 in Rusape, Makoni District, Manicaland Province.
Colonel Muchero crossed into Mozambique and stayed at the following ZANLA bases, Guro, Moatize in Tete and Tembwe-Mazozo Base at Maroro. That was after he briefly operated as a mujibha (war collaborator).
Late in 1978, he was sent to Tanzania and received his military training at Nachingweya where he did both the basic recruit training and specialisation in mortars.
He is survived by his two wives Anna Netsai Muchero and Beauty Muchero and six children. ■