By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor
THE Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Engineer Oliver Chidawu has died.
Engineer Chidawu succumbed to an undisclosed ailment this Tuesday morning at the age of 68.
ZANU PF Harare Provincial Chairperson, Godwills Masimirembwa confirmed Engineer Chidawu’s death saying the province has been left poorer.
“I can confirm that we have received sad news of our dear compatriot Honourable Oliver Chidawu, we are saddened as Harare province. He was a fountain of wisdom, a tireless mobiliser for the party, a pillar of strength for all of us. He was always available when the party needs guidance, we are poorer without him,” said Masimirembwa.
Other party members described Engineer Chidawu as a hardworking cadre who will be difficult to replace.
“We are saddened and we want the nation to know that it will be difficult to replace him,” said Cde Douglas Mahiya Secretary for War Veterans League.
“We have lost a PB member, we worked closely since our young age, he was a hard worker, he loved party leadership, we have lost by a cadre who united the province,” said Senator Omega Hungwe.
“It is sad to hear of the demise of Cde Chidawu, we are saddened because we have never heard he was sick. The party is poorer, he was spearheading the devolution agenda, we have lost an engineer, a cadre and a hardworking man,” said Tendai Chirau ZANU PF Deputy Secretary for Security.
Engineer Chidawu was born in 1954 and became the youngest mayor in the history of the City of Harare at the age of 29 in 1984.
He was appointed Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs and Devolution in 2018.