A senior opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) member, Retired Colonel Kudzai Mbudzi has died.
On Sunday party spokesman Jealousy Mawarire wrote on his twitter account expressing his sadness to announcing the passing on of the former ex senior Army officer and War Veteran.
Causes of his death are not yet known but The Zimbabwe Mail can reveal he has not been feeling well for some time.
“Our dear colleague and builder Rtd. Col Kudzai Savious Mbudzi died this morning. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
Mbudzi who was largely based in Gweru recently launched a book chronicling President Robert Mugabe’s and ruling Zanu PF failures since independence in 1980 passed away.
He is well known for penning stinging articles attacking Robert Mugabe and his wife.
“Mugabe has authored for himself his own political manifesto of misrule over the past 36 years. Therefore, this book is equally positioned to be the manifesto of all democratic movements in Zimbabwe towards the 2018 elections,” said Mbudzi at the launch.
In 2013 the High Court granted a divorce order between Retired Major Kudzai Mbudzi and his wife Glitters Mbudzi nee Mawongere after the latter described their relationship as having collapsed.
During his service in the army Mbudzi worked as a Social Services officer and on completetion of his MBA he left the army and joined Lonhro were he worked in the personnel management directorate. He also lectured at the University of Zimbabwe’s School of Social Services.
According to sources; he was highly involved in giving ZimPF Joyce Mujuru private lessons in her early private Secondary education studies in the 80s. And he was the late Retired General Mujuru’s butler during the war.
His closeness to Mujuru made him a target by Robert Mugabe.
In 2012 he was assaulted and ejected from a Harare bar — the ZimCafe — for insisting Joice Mujuru should lead the liberation movement.
“I’m very bitter about the whole issue and I actually called the CIO bosses and the minister to report the incident. What pains me most is that I didn’t say anything wrong or anything defamatory because it was an open discussion and I spoke my mind.
“As as a retired major general, I must not be beaten or questioned by the CIO operatives for speaking my mind. Only Chiwenga is in a position to tell me what I said is wrong. They are not supposed to beat people. Period,” Mbudzi said.
“Chiwenga should protect us the senior army officers and the retired generals. The late general Solomon Mujuru used to give us enough protection and respect so Chiwenga should do the same,” said Mbudzi.
Mbudzi fought in the war front with the late Mujuru and other senior commanders during the war to liberate Zimbabwe.
In February 2008, just a month before the watershed Presidential poll, he led a rebellion against Mugabe and successfully shepherded former Zanu PF politburo member and finance minister Simba Makoni to contest against him at the polls.
Mbudzi was one of the key Zanu PF members who led the campaigns against Mugabe, mainly because he felt the veteran former guerilla had outlived his usefulness in the party.
Makoni failed to defeat Mugabe and came a distant third in the 2008 poll which led to a run-off after Morgan Tsvangirai failed to garner an outright victory against the aged leader.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced at the time when we published this sad story.