Zimbabwe opposition leader Mukwazhi dies

Zimbabwe opposition leader Mukwazhi dies

Harare-Opposition leader of the Zimbabwe Development Party (ZDP) president Kisinoti Mukwazhi has died. According to state media Mukwazhi died last night at Karanda Mission hospital after a short illness.

He was 49. He is said to have complained of a sore throat.

Under Mukwazhi ZDP ran nine candidates in the Zimbabwean parliamentary election, 2008 but fared poorly, winning just 608 votes (0.03%).

The party was launched on 4 February 2008 in Harare by Kisnoti Mukwazhi, a former ZANU-PF member. At the party’s launch, attended by about fifty people, Mukwazhi praised ZANU-PF’s policies and Robert Mugabe while castigating the MDC and Morgan Tsvangirai. The party’s founders left the launch when grilled by journalists on the circumstances behind the party’s sudden formation.

Mukwazhi stood as the party’s presidential candidate for the Zimbabwean general election, 2013. However, he was conspicuous in the 2018 election as he failed to contest.