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    Mbudzi pauperised in death as Zanu PF, ZNA desert him



    TAWANDA HOMBA

    MASVINGO RURAL – There is no doubt that the family of outspoken, late war veteran cum businessman Retired Colonel Kudzayi Mbudzi (56) was dejected by the treatment their late relative got both from the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) and the comrades who fought alongside him during the war of liberation.
    They deserted him in death as none made an official appearance at the funeral.
    The late Mbudzi's young brother, Denis Mbudzi told The Mirror that he went to ZNA Headquarters in Harare to tell the former employer of Mbudzi's death.
    He says he was assured that Mbudzi who died in Harare on Sunday morning was going to get military assistance at his burial and the family was instructed to take the body to Masvingo where they were to get assistance from the army offices there.
    However, Denis said when he and the late Mbudzi's son Tafara went to the army offices in Masvingo, they were given one terse answer by the officer they met there.
    "We cannot assist you because of the situation," allegedly said the officer.
    Mbudzi was a fiery critic of President Mugabe and his wife Grace. He is also one of the first former senior army officers to break ranks with Zanu PF and join opposition politics in 2008 when he went along with Dr Simba Makoni's Mavambo.
    Many people at the burial which took place at Murwisi Village in Chief Charumbira's area queried why there was no gun salute.
    Efforts to get a comment from the Army were fruitles.
    The various Zanu PF war veterans factions neither supported nor attended the funeral. Charles Muchena who is the treasurer of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association said although Mbudzi was a war veteran, his organisation did not support his funeral or show its presence at the burial because Mbudzi had defected and was not their member.
    Hundreds of people however, turned up at the funeral that was addressed by ZIMPF leader, Dr Joice Mujuru.
    Mujuru praised Mbudzi for the role that he played in the liberation of Zimbabwe.
    Mbudzi was an intelligent academic who had several degrees and had just published a book, The National Grievances, to protest against Mugabe's rule.
    He had published a book entitled '.
    He retired at the rank of Colonel in June 1991. He is survived by wife Shelfer Phiri and six children.
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