President Mnangagwa mourns Cde Choeni

by | Jul 19, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

Brian Rungano Temba

The nation has been robbed yet again of a devout patriot, ZANU-PF Provincial Chairman for Matebeleland South; Cde Rabelani Choeni.

Cde Choeni was 71 years old.

He passed away on Friday last week from COVID-19 related complications at his rural home in Malusingani, Beitbridge.

In a statement released earlier on Monday July 19, 2021, President Emmerson Mnangagwa described Cde Choeni as a solid principled veteran of the liberation struggle who served both with utmost loyalty and total commitment.

“As Provincial Chairman, Cde Choeni led the Party from the front, always championing it’s interests ahead of everyrhing else.
He advocated for peace, unity and development in Matebeleland South Province and in our Nation as a whole,” said President Mnangagwa.

Cde Choeni’s departure is a great loss to the Party and Zimbabwe.

Cde Choeni joined the liberation struggle under ZPRA in 1974 when he crossed to Zambia through Botswana.

He then travelled to Morogoro, Tanzania where he received military training.
In 1976, he operated at GCB Gokwe region which was later known as the Northern front.

During the same year, he was promoted to Zone Medical man and later the Zone Commander.
In 1978, he was elevated to the position of Deputy Regional Medical Man, a rank he held until the cease-fire period.

He is survived by his wife Lydia, one child and five grandchildren.