Rabelani Choeni
Rabelani Choeni
Died16 July 2021 (aged 71)
Malusungani, Beitbridge
Cause of deathCovid-19 related complications
Known forBeing a ZANU-PF politician

Rabelani Choeni was a Zimbabwean politician and a member of Zanu-PF. At the time of his death on 16 July 2021, Choeni was Zanu-PF Matabeleland South Province chairman.



Choeni was married to Lydia.[1]


Rabelani Choeni had one child and five grandchildren.[1]

Second Chimurenga Contribution

Choeni joined the liberation struggle under Zipra in 1974 when he crossed to Zambia through Botswana.

He then travelled to Morogoro, Tanzania, where he received military training and was appointed a medical man.

In 1976, he operated at GCB Gokwe region which was later known as the Northern front. During the same year, he was promoted to Zone Medical man and later the Zone Commander.

In 1978, he was elevated to the position of Deputy Regional Medical Man, a rank he held until the cease-fire period.[1]

Political Career

In 2018, Zanu PF Matabeleland South provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) dropped some candidates approved by national commissar Engelbert Rugeje and compiled a new list of parliamentary candidates to represent the party in the July 30 general elections. This saw Rabelani Choeni replacing Tambudzani Mohadi as the Beitbridge senatorial candidate.[2]


Rabelani Choeni passed away at home in Malusungani, Beitbridge on 16 July 2021. The news was confirmed by Abednico Ncube. Choeni succumbed to Covid-19 related complications. Zanu PF leadership in Matabeleland South province applied to the national leadership to confer national hero status to Choeni.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Thupeyo Muleya, Mat South seeks national hero status for Choeni, The Herald, Published: July 19, 2021, Retrieved: July 19, 2021
  2. SILAS NKALA, Tambudzani Mohadi pushed out of polls, NewsDay, Published: June 13, 2018, Retrieved: July 17, 2021