Acting President Chiwenga consoles Mandigora family
Harare (New Ziana) – Acting President Constantine Chiwenga sent government condolences to the Mandigora family on Monday over the death of ambassador Thomas Mandigora, describing the late diplomat as an exceptional man who excelled in every role assigned to him in service of the country.
In a statement, he said the death was not only his family’s loss but had left the nation poorer as he was one of the senior diplomats who were providing the much-needed mentorship and guidance to the new crop of diplomats.
Ambassador Mandigora died at his home from effects of a stroke on Saturday.
“Ambassador Mandigora, a fine gentleman and a selfless cadre who gave his life to the service and wellbeing of our country, ambassador Mandigora belonged to the rare breed of exceptional men who excelled in every role assigned to them in service of our country,” acting President Chiwenga said.
“His passing on at a time when Zimbabwe is pursuing engagement and re-engagement as directed by His Excellency, The President Dr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa leaves, not only his family but the nation all the poorer as he was one of our senior diplomats who were providing the much-needed mentorship and guidance to the new crop of diplomats,” he added.
Ambassador Mandigora, who was born in 1955, joined the liberation struggle at a tender age of 21 in 1976 and underwent military training in Mozambique.
His astuteness was quickly identified and he was assigned to the ZANU public relations department whereupon he rose to become head of Publications.
From independence till 2001, he worked at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation where he served in various capacities.
In 2005, he was appointed ambassador to Botswana, a position he held until 2018, and was at one time the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in that country.
War veterans have since written to the ruling Zanu PF party requesting a national hero status for the late ambassador.