Brigadier General
Felix Muchemwa
BornFelix Muchemwa
(1945-04-22) April 22, 1945 (age 77)
Cause of deathPeripheral Neuropath
EducationBirmingham University
  • Special Disability Advisor in the Offivce of the President
  • Politician
Spouse(s)Tapuwa Muchemwa

Felix Muchemwa was a Zimbabwean politician and former Health Minister. At the time of his death Muchemwa served as the Special Disability Advisor in the Office of the President.

Personal Details

Felix Muchemwa was born 22 April 1945 in Mhondoro in a family of four boys and three girls. [1].
He was married to Tapuwa Muchemwa and together they had a son Fungayi Muchemwa.
Muchemwa died while receiving treatment in Egypt on 12 June 2016.

School / Education

Muchemwa did his primary schooling at St Michaels Primary School before he proceeded to Kutama College. He then proceeded to Fletcher High School on a full scholarship before he went to the then University of Rhodesia, now University of Zimbabwe, in 1967. He was expelled from the University of Rhodesia due to his political activities and went to England in 1970 to finish his education. He graduated as a medical doctor in 1973 at Birmingham University and obtained a Fellowship of the Royal Class Surgeons Part One in Glasgow in 1975.

He went on to join the Birmingham Depart of Anatomy as a researcher and lecturer. In 1976 he graduated with a Master of Science in Anatomy. He went on to join the surgical rotation within the Birmingham area in January 1977.[1]

Service / Career

After graduating at Birmingham University as a medical doctor, Muchemwa joined the Birmingham Department of Anatomy as a researcher and lecturer. After graduating with a Master of Science in Anatomy, Muchemwa joined the surgical rotation with the Birmingham area in January 1977.

In the 1990 Parliamentary Election (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Mhondoro returned to Parliament:

Turnout - 12 707 voters or 34.74 %


Participation in the Liberation Struggle

In 1969 Muchemwa was elected the president of the Students' Representative Council and it was during his tenure as president of the SRC that he led student demonstrations against colonial rule. Muchemwa was expelled from university and later finished his studies in England in 1970. Muchemwa left England and joined the liberation struggle in Mozambique.

He, together with Sydney Sekeramai and Herbert Ushewokunze were among the first medical doctors to join the liberation struggle.

Positions Held

  • Special Disability Advisor in the Office of the President

Authoring Book

Muchemwa wrote a book titled The Struggle for Land in Zimbabwe: 1980 to 2010. The book was published by Heritage House and edited by Dr Rino Zhuwarara and the late Alexander Kanengoni.


According to Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga, Muchemwa died because of arsenic poison. Chiwenga said that,

"In April 1987, while on active service in Mozambique, the general was repatriated back home after it was discovered that he had ingested poisoned wine, which was later discovered to have been sent from Songo Cabora Basa by the then apartheid South African intelligence who backed the MNR (Mozambique National Resistance) bandits with the aim of poisoning our forces. What we came to know of later was that yes, while Felix escaped death many times from enemy fire, he could not escape the enemy’s dangerous chemicals, which manifested themselves later as it became apparent that he had been a victim of arsenic poison. Thus, contrary to the public account of the cause of his death, health experts actually attribute it to what in medical parlance is called ‘peripheral neurolopathy’, secondary to arsenic poisoning, and not cancer as others want to suggest. What exacerbated his condition was the late diagnosis which was only done in 1996 in the United Kingdom, and he was transferred to Egypt where there were chemical specialists. Yes, indeed, in the course of his life, the general was successfully treated for lung and prostate cancer."


Muchemwa died while receiving treatment in Egypt on 12 June 2016. [1] He was buried at the National Heroes Acre on 19 June 2016.

Further Reading


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ,Zvamaida Murwira, Breg Gen Muchemwa dies, Herald, published: June 13, 2016, retrieved: June 20, 2016
  2. , Tinashe Farawo, Late general poisoned, Sunday Mail, published: June 19, 2016, retrieved: June 20, 2016