Breaking: Colonel Mugwisi dies

Breaking:  Colonel  Mugwisi dies

       Colonel Overson Mugwisi

Zimbabwe Defence Forces director of public relations and spokesperson, Colonel Overson Mugwisi, has died.

In a statement, ZDF Director General, policy, public relations and international affairs, Brigadier General Augustine Chipwere, said Col Mugwisi died early morning today.

“It is with deep sorrow that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces notifies the nation on the passing on of the Director ZDF public relations Colonel Overson Mugwisi in the early hours of today, 31 July 2020. He passed on at 2 Referral Hospital Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks after a short illness,” said Brig Gen Chipwere.

A family member of the Mugwisi family who also confirmed his death on condition of anonymity said the decorated soldier died in the wee hours of Friday.

He has been on sick leave for about three months.

The family source said Mugwisi died at an Army hospital at the Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks, formerly KGV1 Barracks in Harare where he was rushed to overnight after the family failed to have him admitted at both private and public hospitals.

“He has not been well for some time now but his condition deteriorated severely last night. His close family went from one hospital after another trying to get him admitted without success. They finally took him to a military hospital at KGV1. Unfortunately, he passed on in the morning,” a family source said.

Mourners are gathered at Number 20 Britannia Road, Southerton, Harare. Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.