Coltrane Chimurenga

Coltrane Chimurenga, (real name Randolph Simms) was an American civil rights activist known for his support of Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF and land reform programme in the 2000s. Chimurenga was the founder of the December 12 Movement, which demanded civil rights in the US. He was often invited to Zanu PF conferences where he is reported to have been granted the status of a liberation movement leader.

He died in the United States on 18 May 2019. Zanu-PF declared him a Provincial Hero and his body was flown to Zimbabwe and buried at the Harare Provincial Heroes’ Acre on 14 June 2019.[1]

Camillo Simms addresses mourners at the burial of his father, Randolph Simms, better known as Cde Coltrane Chimurenga, at the Harare Provincial Heroes’ Acre yesterday. — (Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda)


  1. Cde Chimurenga laid to rest, The Herald, Published:15 June 2019, Retrieved: 16 June 2019