-burial on Friday
Prominent Masvingo businessman from Chivi, Sanders Nyika Magwizi aka Mugadzanhaka who died on February 4 has been declared a Liberation Hero by Zanu PF party where he was a senior member.
A letter in possession of The Midweek Watch from the Zanu PF secretary general, Obert Mpofu dated February 7 confirms the development.
“His Excellency, the President and First Secretary of Zanu PF, Cde E.D. Mnangagwa has conferred a Liberation Hero status to the late Cde Sanders Nyika Magwizi who died on 4 February, 2024 and will be buried at Ballymore Farm, Masvingo,” reads the letter.
He was 75.
Magwizi will be buried at the family cemetery in mining township of Mashava at his Ballymore Farm.
He was married to the late Georgina Chinyama and is survived with 12 children and several grandchildren.
Magwizi was a member of the Methodist Church and went to Pakame Mission for his education before venturing into business following on his late father’s footsteps.
Magwizi was into hospitality, transport, farming and retail business with several shops at Chivi Growth Point, Mhandamabwe, Ngundu, Mashava and Madamombe.
He started his political career in 1965 as a member of the youth league in Zanu PF and later was elected chairperson of the wing.
In the 1970s during the peak of the war of liberation he was elected branch treasurer of Gaza in ward 11.
In 1980 he was elected councillor until August 2023 becoming the longest serving local authority leader in the country and at one time he was the chairperson of the Chivi Rural District Council.
He was also elected chairman of Chivi North Constituency Development Committee for the Member of Parliament.
He groomed many people in all spheres of life including business and politics as he loved everyone across the social divide, hence the name Mugadzanhaka.
Magwizi’s young brother, veteran football administrator, Nobioth Magwizi said they have lost a father figure in the family as he had assumed the role after the death of their father long back.
“He made sure that the family remained united after the death of our father in 1989. He ensured that everyone went to school includig those from the extended family. The gap he left will be difficult to fill and we will miss him a lot,” said Nobioth.
One of his nephews, war veteran Kudakwashe Dzoro aka KD said Magwizi was tough mentor as he wanted the best from everyone.
Dzoro said at one time he failed to pay a departmental store debt and was taken in only for Magwizi to rescue him.
“After he paid for my freedom he stopped me from drinking alcohol and said I should use the money for the upkeep of my mother than spending it on beer.
“Thanks to Magwizi from thereon I quit beer and I am now an elder with the Seventh Day Adventist Church,” said the ever smart KD.