Another Zimbabwean Military General dies of Covid-19

Major General Shadreck Chiramba

DECORATED military guru, and former Commander of Two Infantry Brigade and a veteran of the liberation struggle, Major General (Retired) Clever Shadreck Chiramba has died.

He was 66.

Maj Gen Chiramba succumbed to Covid-19 related illness at a local hospital in Harare yesterday.

In a statement, Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) spokesperson, Colonel Alphios Makotore said Major General (Rtd) Chiramba died yesterday at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.

“The Commander Zimbabwe National Army, Lieutenant General Edzai Absalom Chakanyuka Chimonyo regrets to announce the untimely death of Major General (Retired) Clever Shadreck Chiramba. Maj Gen Chiramba succumbed to Covid-19 related illness this morning at 0500 hours at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospital. He was the Commander Two Infantry Brigade up to 2004 when he retired from active service. He commanded the Two Infantry Brigade during the Democratic Republic of Congo campaign. A veteran of the liberation struggle, Maj Gen (Rtd) was now a prosperous farmer at Marmi Farm in Karoi,” said Col Makotore.

Born on February 2 1955 in Chivi district in Gude village, Maj Gen Chiramba did his primary education at Jenya primary school from 1961 to 1968.

He left the village for Mashava where he did Ordinary Level through correspondence.

Maj Gen Chiramba was to later join the liberation struggle, which led to the independence of the country in 1980.

He was latter attested in the ZNA where he rose to become a Major General until his retirement from active service in 2004.

Maj Gen Chiramba led the Two Infantry Brigade during the DRC campaign under the auspices of the Sadc Allied Forces.

The military intervention, which was called code-named “Operation Sovereign Legitimacy” was meant to ward off rebels, secure the DRC territory, and to protect civilians.

In the war, combined African forces from DRC, Zimbabwe, Angola, South Africa and Namibia were pitted against Western sponsored insurgents from DRC and other elements.

The operation ultimately helped the country to regain its authority and sovereignty.

Burial arrangements for Maj Gen Chiramba will be announced in due course.

Mourners are gathered at House number 52 St Andrews Road Hatfield, Harare.

He is survived by wife, Beatrice Chiramba nee Pawandiwa, eight children and 16 grandchildren. – Herald