2 April 2004

Zimbabwe: Tirivafi Kangai Declared Liberation War Hero

Harare — Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Austria Cde Tirivafi Kangai, who died on Sunday in Vienna, has been declared a liberation war hero.

Mrs Miriam Kangai, the wife of Cde Kumbirai Kangai who is a brother to the ambassador said the decision to confer him with liberation war hero status was communicated to the family yesterday.

"Further arrangements will be made after the body arrives tomorrow (today).

"The body will be taken to Doves Funeral Parlour while mourners will proceed to number 8 Goodhope Road in Mt Hampden, which is the residence of the ambassador," she said.

Zanu-PF secretary for information and publicity, Cde Nathan Shamuyarira confirmed Cde Kangai had been conferred with liberation war hero status.

Meanwhile, the body of the Ambassador Kangai is expected to arrive in the country from London this morning.

He was discovered by his wife lying dead on the floor of their bathroom on Sunday.

A career diplomat and former High Commissioner to India and Zambia, Cde Kangai was also a former director-general of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

Cde Kangai was appointed Zimbabwe's High Commissioner to India in 1989 and then moved on to take over the same post in Zambia in 1995. He was appointed Zimbabwe's ambassador to Austria in 2000.

He is survived by his wife Joyce and five children.

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