February 17, 1938
|Died||August 24, 2013 (aged 75)|
|Cause of death||Suspected heart attack|
|Known for||Being a member of Dare ReChimurenga|
Kumbirai Kangai was a Zimbabwean politician. He died on 24 August 2013. He started his political career in the 1960s with the Zimbabwe African National Union and eventually served in the independent government from 1980.
The Liberation Struggle
Kangai became part of the mainstream nationalist politics in the late 1960s when he joined the ZANU branch which was based in Dar es Salam Tanzania. At one point, Kangai was part of the ZANU delegation led by Herbert Chitepo which traveled to Sweden to solicit for funds to sustain its political agenda.
During the time of the guerrilla war, Kangai and other ZANU leaders relocated to Mozambique where they directed training from there. During this time he worked in the ZANU' s Dare ReChimurenga as the director of transport and logistics. In his capacity, he solicited for humanitarian aid from the Nordic countries such as Sweden.
Kangai was also part part of the ZANU negotiating team which took part in the Lancaster talks which finally resulted in the Lancaster House Agreement of 1979. He was together with other nationalists leaders such as Joshua Nkomo, Robert Mugabe, Edgar Tekere and Eddison Zvobgo.
Positions Held After Independence
- 1980 Member of Parliament- Buhera Constituency.
- Minister of Labour and Social Welfare
- Minister of Agriculture
- 2013 Senator for Buhera Constituency in Manicaland Province
- Member of the Politiburo and Central Committee.
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