27 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Makumbe Dies

Photo: Charles Saki/RNW
Zimbabwe's late political analyst Professor John Makumbe.

University of Zimbabwe lecturer and Mass Public Opinion Institute chairman Professor John Makumbe has died. Constitutional and Parlimentary Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga confirmed the death saying Prof Makumbe died yesterday in the morning after collapsing at his Chadcombe home in Harare.

"I can confirm that Prof Makumbe has died. He collapsed around 9:30 am at his home" he said.

Minister Matinenga said Prof Makumbe had a heart problem that saw him being admitted at the Avenues Clinic recently.

He said Prof Makumbe was discharged last Thursday and he was actually in high spirits.

"I saw him on Saturday and he was actually in high spirits but we did not know that God was thinking otherwise," he said.

Minister Matinenga said burial arrangements would be announced in due course.

Prof Makumbe who is a long time sympathiser of the MDC-T last year publicly announced his intention to contest the party's primary elections in preparation for general elections to be held this year.

He wanted to take over from Minister Matinenga who also announced his retirement from politics.

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