Edward Chindori-Chininga Zimbabwe politician

Edward Takaruza Chindori-Chininga (March 14, 1955 – June 19, 2013) was a Zimbabwean politician. He was MP for Guruve South, and the Minister of Mines and Mining Development (2000–2004). Chindori-Chininga was born and raised in South Guruve in the north of Zimbabwe. He was the first in the Chininga family to receive the prefix ‘Chindori’ and his wife and children are the only other individuals who legally bare the full name ‘Chindori-Chininga.’ He showed signs of great intelligence from an early age prompting his father to make family sacrifices to fund his son’s education. At 19 he received a full scholarship to study business in France where he learnt to speak French fluently. This developed into a career in tourism and politics sending him to the United States where he met his wife, Linda Lewis. He had a thriving political career acquiring the position of President of Alliance Francaise, Harare, Zimbabwe and the Deputy Minister of Tourism during his late 30’s and early 40’s.


On June 19, 2013, he died in a traffic collision at the age of 58, in very mysterious circumstances. Chininga was extremely critical of Robert Mugabe and had recently blown the whistle over some missing monies from gem and mining sales. Several people had warned him that he was likely to be assassinated over it. His death had been predicted by Baba Jukwa – a Facebook page belonging to a claimed “disgruntled insider from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party”. He is praised as one of the most incorruptible politicians of the post-liberation Zimbabwe. He is outlived by his wife, Linda and his 3 daughters, Matiiapa, Krystal and Stephanie.

Chininga had been removed from Mugabe’s ruling party in 2011 after it was alleged he had leaked information to the Movement for Democratic Change. He also had survived another traffic collision in March 2012.

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