Masango Matambanadzo
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BornMasango Matambanadzo
Hurungwe
OccupationPolitician
EmployerParliament of Zimbabwe
Political partyNational Patriotic Front

Masango Matambanadzo was a Zimbabwean politician and Member of Parliament for Kwekwe Central Constituency, he was a member of the National Patriotic Front party. He was popularly known as the Black Man

Background

Masango was born on 26 February 1964 in Hurungwe, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe. He attended Mahororo Primary School and the Chitepo Ideology Training. Matambanadzo was a former artisanal miner and self-trained street photographer, and was often seen on the streets meeting and chatting with his former peers in those trades.[1]

Career

Masango was first elected MP from 2013 to 2018. He also contested in the 2018 harmonized elections under the ticket of National Patriotic Front and won resoundingly with 7,578 votes. He was a member of Zanu PF from youth and held the position of Secretary for Social Welfare. He was the Zanu PF Main Wing Secretary for Indigenisation in Sherwood Rural and Urban Districts. He also held the position of Vice Chairman of DCC (Zanu PF).

He was the Zimbabwe Miners Federation Regional Representative. He was also elected National Vice President of Zimbabwe Miners Federation responsible for Production and Technology. He was responsible for the revival of the high gold production figures for the Small Scale Miners from 2015 to date, with Small Scale Miners contributing 70% of the current total gold output of 30 tons in 2018. He also played a pivotal role in the opening and reopening of closed and new companies in Kwekwe Constituency.[2]

He was expelled from Zanu PF in 2017 on charges of belonging to the G40 faction

Suspected Food Poisoning

Masango Matambanadzo popularly known as Blackman said he was flown to China in 2019 for treatment after his skin turned yellow when he fell ill following suspected food poisoning. Speaking in Parliament, Matambanadzo looked frail as he thanked fellow parliamentarians for their moral support while he was recuperating in China. “My body changed into yellow in one day when I fell sick,” Matambanadzo said. “I want to thank you for your support and prayers. I did not imagine the kind of support that I received.”[3]

Death

Masango died on 28 July 2020 and his death was confirmed by NPF spokeperson, Jealousy Mawarire.[4]


References

  1. Freedom Mupanedemo, [1], The Herald, Published: 3 December, 2019, Accessed: 28 July, 2020
  2. [2], Parliament of Zimbabwe, Accessed: 28 July, 2020
  3. [3], New Zimbabwe, Published: 11 February, 2020, Accessed: 28 July, 2020
  4. Jealousy Mawarire, [4], Twitter, Published: 28 July, 2020, Accessed: 28 July, 2020