GWERU – Two men, a CIO operative and a Zanu PF youth leader who were convicted and jailed for shooting and nearly killing former Gweru Mayor and businessman Patrick Kombayi during the 1990 General Elections have died within days of each other.
Kizito Chivamba who was now the Zanu PF vice chairman for Midlands Province and MP for Chiwundura Constituency died at Gweru General Hospital yesterday (Wednesday 19 April 2017). His co-accused in the Kombayi shooting George Rushwaya died in Harare last week.
Kizito who was the Zanu PF youth chairman at the time was convicted and jailed for shooting Kombayi who was the Zimbabwe Unity Movement Parliamentary candidate for Gweru Urban along Harare–Gweru Road in Gweru but was released one year into his jail term after President Mugabe pardoned him.
George Rushwaya whose name did not feature prominently in court but is understood to be one of those who fired shots at Kombayi died in Harare last week and was buried last Wednesday at the family farm in Nyazvidzi, Gutu.
Their deaths within days of each other have sent tongues wagging in and outside Gweru.
The other convicted person in the case, former CIO director, Elias Kanengoni died last year while the The Mirror could not establish the whereabouts of the fourth accused Bonni Hungwe.
Kizito Chivamba died after a long illness.
Zanu PF Midlands spokesperson Cornelious Mupereri confirmed Chivamba's death but declined to comment on the shooting incident. He said more details on Chivamba will be given in due course.
The late Chivamba joined Zanu in 1972 as a youth activist. He was once Zanu PF chairman for the province after Jason Machaya was suspended from that position.
Mourners are gathered at his Farm in Sino Area.