4 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Prominent Figures That Passed Away in 2012

Stanislaus Mudenge

Born: 17 December 1941

Died: 4 October 2012

Mudenge was Foreign Affairs minister from 1995 to 2005 and Higher Education minister from 2005 up to the time of his death. British newspaper Telegraph described him as "pompous, bullying, shameless and capable of occasional flashes of charm". Mudenge once described Mugabe as a "colossal figure, a fountain of knowledge and wisdom, a teacher, father, fearless and consistent politician".

Kevin Curran

Born: September 7, 1959

Died: October 10, 2012

Curran left an indelible mark in cricket having played for and coached the national team.

A right-handed middle-order batsman and fast-medium pace bowler, he played 11 one-day internationals and appeared at the 1983 and 1987 World Cups. He made his debut in Zimabwe's famous 13-run win over Australia at the 1983 World Cup.

He also played for English county sides Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire, but missed out on a Test career by remaining in England when Zimbabwe gained Test status in 1992. Curran coached Zimbabwe from 2005 to 2007 and was coaching franchise side Mashonaland Eagles.

Adam Ndlovu

Born: June 26, 1970

Died: December 16, 2012

The history of Zimbabwean soccer would be incomplete without mentioning Adam Ndlovu.

He had a distinguished career in national team colours between 1992 and 2004 scoring 34 goals. He formed an integral part of the "Dream Team" coached by the late Reinhard Fabisch.

Ndlovu was part of the Zimbabwean team that played in the Nations Cup in Tunisia in 2004 after qualifying for the first time since Independence in 1980 .

Tichaona Mudzingwa

Born: December 23, 1942

Died: April 10, 2012

Mudzingwa was Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development deputy minister. He was a war veteran and a member of the Zanla Military High Command from 1975 to 1980. A retired army colonel, Mudzingwa served in the Zimbabwe National Army from 1980 to 1994. He was commander of the Zimbabwe Medical Corps and was awarded several medals for his service in the army. Mudzingwa was a founder member of the MDC and was a non-constituent senator.

Andy Brown

Born: March 15, 1962

Died: March 16, 2012

Brown was a top local musician, but was never far from controversy. He joined the legendary Ilanga band in the 1980s. He then went on a successful solo career backed by his ex-wife and mbira songstress Chiwoniso Maraire. However his popularity suffered a dip when he began singing in support of Zanu PF's controversial land reforms. Brown had a volatile temper with several journalists finding themselves on the receiving end of his often foul- mouthed rants.

Seiso Moyo

Born: September 3, 1956

Died: December 21, 2012

Moyo was Agriculture and Mechanisation deputy minster and one of the founding members of the MDC in 1999. He was appointed deputy minister in 2011 to fill the position initially earmarked for self-exiled politician Roy Bennett. MDC-T backed down on Bennett after President Robert Mugabe refused to swear him in. Moyo is credited with introducing the subsidised stockfeed programme in Zimbabwe's southern region.

Walter Muparutsa

Born: March 23, 1941

Died: April 12 , 2012

Few in Zimbabwe have made an impact on stage and screen as Muparutsa starting in the late 1960s. He acted in a number of films, including the Steve Biko-inspired movie Cry Freedom as well as local productions Everyone's Child and Yellow Card. He won several accolades in theatre, which included Best Actor in the National Winterfest Theatre Festival for his role in Athol Fugard's Nongogo, National Arts Merit Award for Best Actor and Best Script in a one-hander Rags & Garbage written by Raisedon Baya, and a National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Silver Jubilee Award for theatre. He was involved with the Zimbabwe International Film Festival, Harare International Festival of the Arts and the Chimanimani Arts Festival,Manica Arts Fest, Dzimbabwe Arts Festival, UNDP Artists Against Poverty Programme, Global Arts Trust and Pamberi Trust.

Jabulani Mangena

Born: July 28, 1959

Died: November 30, 2012

Mangena was a Zanu PF member of parliament for Mberengwa North and national youth co-ordinator in the Zanu PF Youth League. He joined the president's department in 1984 until 2008 when he resigned and was elected an MP.

Sam Levy

Born: October 9, 1929

Died: June 5, 2012

Levy was a popular and wealthy businessman who owned the Sam Levy Village in Borrowdale, Harare. The multi-million dollar shopping mall houses upmarket clothing boutiques, restaurants, bars, banks and offices. The spacious mall was nearly demolished during Operation Murambatsvina in 2005 for allegedly contravening city by-laws. Levy would also be remembered for escaping with a mere Z$200 fine in October 2000 for importing 50 motorcycles inscribed "police" without authority.

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