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Bulawayo — THE first legislator for Binga constituency after independence Cde Andrew Sikajaya Muntanga, has died. He was 74. Cde Muntanga died at Falls Medical Centre in Victoria Falls on Sunday morning after a long struggle with a heart problem.
He was MP for Binga for three consecutive terms since 1980.
In an interview in Victoria Falls yesterday, a family spokesperson, Ms Virginia Muntanga, described the death of Cde Muntanga as a great loss to her family and the people of Binga at large.
“He was the source of strength, inspiration, love and unity of our family,” said Ms Muntanga
According to Cde Enoch Sibanda, former Zanu-PF Central Committee member, Cde Muntanga was instrumental in the fight against colonial rule in Binga.
“During the struggle, he was in charge of logistics. I remember him sending some trucks to Chimoio, Mozambique, with food for our comrades,” he said.
Cde Sibanda said Cde Muntanga became the deputy organising secretary for Zapu after independence.
“He was an MP, a member of the Central Committee and at one time the chairman of the Binga Rural District Council. He never crossed the lines even on his death bed he was asking about the activities in the party.
“Right now fellow comrades are meeting in Lupane as we believe that Cde Muntanga deserves the right to be accorded hero status.”
Cde Muntanga left Binga for a missionary seminary in Zambia in 1958 where he completed his Standard Six. In 1962 he came back and worked as store manager at Kariangwe Mission in Binga.
In 1963, he joined Zapu and in 1966, Cde Muntanga was declared a prohibited immigrant in Binga for an indefinite period.
He spent a year in detention for political reasons. In 1975, he became a Central Committee member, the first among the Tonga people.
Cde Muntanga is survived by his wife Regina, seven children and six grand children.
Mourners are gathered at house number 2594, Chinotimba, Victoria Falls.