He died yesterday after suffering a heart attack. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Makurira Memorial Clinic.
Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Ezra Chadzamira confirmed Cde Omar’s death to the Herald.
The minister said Zanu PF and Government had lost a stalwart committed to helping Masvingo and the nation at large achieve President Mnangagwa Vision 2030.
“It’s true we have received the sad news of the passing on of Cde Omar this evening around 6 pm (yesterday) after he suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead on arrival at Makurira Memorial Clinic.
“As Zanu PF and also Government we have lost a fighter and dedicated cadre committed to the socio-economic upliftment of the people of Masvingo in general, and Mwenezi in particular. We have been robbed of a true son of the soil and a patriotic cadre who loved his country,” he said.
Minister Chadzamira described Cde Omar as one of the foot soldiers who gave impetus to the drive to achieve Vision 2030.
Omar’s career as Mwenezi East legislator was relatively new considering he entered Parliament in 2017 after he was victorious in a by-election held following the death of his predecessor Joshua Moyo.
He was successfully reelected in the 2018 harmonized elections.
In the controversial 2008 elections, Omar stood as a Zanu PF candidate in Masvingo Urban constituency but lost to the MDC-T candidate.
Omar was part of Zanu PF structures and also served as the party’s provincial secretary for economic affairs for Masvingo.
Omar was a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Media and Broadcasting Services. He also served as a member of the Transport and Infrastructural Development Parliamentary Committee.
His brother Rashidu Omar once appeared in court for criticizing former President Robert Mugabe. He criticized the land reform program and blamed it for the food shortages Zimbabwe was experiencing at the time.