Breaking: Gregory Turner dies

By ZBC Reporter

AN American activist, Gregory Turner, who was jailed for 15 months in 2015 for lobbying for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe, has died.

The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcast Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, paid tribute to Turner for his love for Zimbabwe.

“I have learnt with a heavy and pained heart the death early this morning of Gregory Turner, a Diasporan Afro-American from Chicago, USA,” she said

“Greg Turner loved Zimbabwe most dearly. He was vehemently opposed to the ZDERA sanctions against Zimbabwe. He viewed them as a bloat and assault at the core of  existence and wellbeing of Zimbabwe, Africa and its Diaspora.

“He took his fight against ZDERA right into the American Black Congressional ranks. He actually organised a delegation  of Chicago based Civil Rights luminaries to Zimbabwe in the early 1990s.”

Turner, who had relocated to Zimbabwe, succumbed to Covid-19 complications at St Anne’s Hospital in Harare this Sunday at the age of 81.

The diasporan Afro-American is famous for being jailed standing against the US sanctions on Zimbabwe, leading to his subsequent jailing in 2015.

Popularly known as The African Envoy during his time in America, Turner has spent the past 35 years fighting neo-colonialism and facilitating development projects across Africa, including over 50 trade, cultural and or political engagements between Africa and the U.S.

In Zimbabwe, Turner was a Senior Consultant for the Zimbabwe Progress Fund between 2007 and 2010.

Recently, Turner worked with the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services to invite Grammy Award winning musician, Robert Kool Bell to Zimbabwe to advertise Victoria Falls as a tourist resort and promote young Zimbabwean music talent.

He also had input towards the success of the Institute of African Knowledge (INSTAK) and the Museum of African Liberation, and secured a section in the museum for the story of TransAtlantic Slave Trade and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.