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Army Official Dies In Road Accident

Army Official Dies In Road Accident

The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) is mourning the death of Colonel John Mhlanga who died on Tuesday after he was involved in a fatal road accident along the Bulawayo-Plumtree highway while on his way to Botswana. He was the country’s Defence Attaché to Botswana. 

He was 59 years old.

In a statement, Deputy Director Army Public Relations Lieutenant Colonel Alex Zuva said Colonel Mhlanga was a patriotic cadre who will be missed. He said:

Zimbabwe’s Defence Attaché to Botswana, Colonel John Mhlanga has died. He was 59 years old. Colonel Mhlanga was involved in a fatal road traffic accident along the Bulawayo-Plumtree highway while on his way to Botswana on 19 April 2022.

Colonel Mhlanga was born on the 1 November 1962 at Chikore Mission commonly known as Craigmore. His family emanated from Manjehwe area, under Headman Siyakisa and Chief Musikavanhu in Chipinge District, Manicaland Province. The late Senior Officer started his primary education at Bangira Primary School in 1969 before proceeding to Chinaa Primary School and later on Big Tree Primary School where he completed his Grade Seven. He gave up his education to pursue the revolutionary cause in response to the growing consciousness about the freedom of his country.

He belonged to that crop of young men and women who quickly developed the political consciousness which gave youths of his day the spirit of confronting the white settler regime with its segregatory policies.

It was not long before the late Senior Officer found himself crossing the border to Mozambique on 25 July 1976. He first arrived at Espungabeira before moving to Posto-Machazi. The late Colonel Mhlanga stayed at Chibawawa Refugee Camp until August 1976 when he departed to Chimoio – ZANU Headquarters. He commenced initial military training at the end of 1976. After his initial training, the late Senior Officer went on to specialise in Anti-Aircraft Guns.

He was supposed to deploy to the front in May 1977 but was withdrawn to join an Instructors’ Course which had just commenced. Colonel Mhlanga was one of the cadres who survived the Chimoio attack in 1977. Thereafter, he was deployed to Tangwena Sector in Manicaland Province, Bonda Detachment. He remained in that Operational Area until the end of the war. Other living Comrades that he operated with during the war in that Zone were Group Captain Chikukwa, Retired Brigadier General Zabanyana, Lt Col Mango and Comrade Mike Ndekwere. Colonel Mhlanga was attested into the ZNA as a Private on 11 August 1980 and rose through the ranks Colonel in 2011. During his long and illustrious service, the late Senior Officer attended many courses.

During his illustrious career, the late Colonel Mhlanga held several appointments. He was appointed Defence Attaché to the Republic of Botswana from 2017 until his untimely death.

Besides military courses, the late Senior Officer was a holder of several professional credentials which include Masters in International Studies with the University of Zimbabwe and Masters in Developmental Studies with National University of Science and Technology.

For his continued dedication, selfless and exemplary service to the nation, the late Colonel Mhlanga was awarded the Liberation Medal, Independence Medal, Ten Years’ Service Medal, Long and Exemplary Service Medal, Mozambique Campaign Medal, Democratic Republic of Congo Campaign Medal and Commander of the Zimbabwe Order of Merit Award.

A funeral Parade will be held at the Zimbabwe Military Academy on Friday 22 April in his honour. He was a patriotic, loyal, humble, honest and enthusiastic Senior Officer whose leadership inspired both his peers and subordinates. He will therefore be greatly missed.

The late Colonel is survived by his wife Thandiwe and two children.

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15 Comments

zZonoro 2 months ago

ko iko kuzoendesa aniremekedzwa neroad botswana hauendiwo ndege here


Robert Mugabe 2 months ago

Muchapera henyu neyamakandiita ye operation restore legacy.


dominic guvheya chiwenga 2 months ago

@robert mugabe my elder keep your profile very low
we are the gang leaders

tisu tikutonga baba

shaya dzembongoro 2 months ago

pane nhema dzakawanda pahondo ye second chimurenga 😂 tichanzwirira... child soldiers were used in the name of liberation struggle


MuPfungwe Chaiye 2 months ago

Idzo nyaya dzekungokwiridzira vanhu pazvigaro iri means yekuda kurova bag rimwe gore tichakunyarirai


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bvanyangu 2 months ago

unless he was a trained child soldier


Logic 0 2 months ago

59 years ols ???
he was born in 1963 and when we got independence he was only 17. Im just wondering at wat age did he "crossed borders" what what and do train this and that , here and ther😂😂😂😂😂😂
Kare ikako


tongwai 2 months ago

he was only 14 whe he survived the chimoio bombing kkkkkkk...konzi chamisa mwanana at 40

Paul Piki 2 months ago

N****ondo ne age hazvisikuvirirana

Muchoni Mangisi 2 months ago

So he was attested into the ZDF @17...God help these thieves

Cooper 2 months ago

May your soul keep on protecting our Zimbabwe hamba kahle qawe,,R.IP


Siyabonga Smith 2 months ago

lala gokuthula qawe lesizwe


chamutengure 2 months ago


z


Sithole 2 months ago

rest in peace mukoma


politics 2 months ago

59 eei



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