George Rutanhire' was a former liberation war veteran and Zanu-PF Politburo member who died in August 2017. Rutanhire became infamous after he attacked and attempted to discredit former vice president Joice Mujuru by claiming that during the Second Chimurenga, she was a woman of loose morals who had only managed to rise through the ranks because she used her sexuality.


Rutanhire was born Jackson Musanhu and joined the Second chimurenga in the 1970s after he met Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army fighters at St. Alberts Mission.[1]

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In 1972, Rutanhire together with his wife left for Mapapai Base, Mozambique before he went for military training in Tanzania. He was one of the signatories of the Mgagao Declaration, which pronounced Robert Mugabe leader of Zimbabwe African National Union.[1]

After Independence

Rutanhire held several posts in Government and Zanu-PF, and was elevated to the Politburo in 2010, a position he held until the time of his death.[1]

He was head of the Chitepo Ideological College, and chair of the Fallen Heroes Trust of Zimbabwe

Attack on Joice Mujuru

Rutahire claimed that former Vice-President Joice Mujuru was promiscuous during the liberation struggle. In an attempt to discredit Mujuru, Rutanhire claimed that Mujuru was not a trained fighter and that she used her sexuality to rise through the ranks. He also rubbished the popular legend that Mujuru had single-handedly brought down an enemy helicopter alleging that the person who actually did this was her boyfriend. [2]


George Rutanhire died of renal failure at Karanda Hospital in Mt Darwin on the 19th of August 2017.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sharon Munjenjema (August 20, 2017). "Cde George Rutanhire dies". Sunday Mail. George Rutanhire. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  2. "ZimPF: Joice Mujuru's Sex Escapades in 1970s War 'Gutter Journalism'". Voice of America. August 20, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.