Zanu PF founder member Enos Nkala has died aged 81.
According to our sister paper, NewsDay, Nkala died at the Avenues Clinic, Harare on Wednesday morning.
The outspoken former minister was admitted at the hospital on August 7 after his family asked that he be transferred from another hospital in Bulawayo.
Family spokesperson Herbert Nkala had on Tuesday revealed that the former Defence minister’s wife, Thandiwe and his children had to travel to Harare from Bulawayo to be by his side.
He said the family reached an agreement with authorities at a Bulawayo hospital, where Nkala was being treated, for him to be transferred to the private clinic in Harare, where there are better facilities.
Herbert, however, declined to disclose the nature of the veteran politician’s ailment saying it was confidential.
There were reports that Nkala was suffering from a kidney ailment.
Then Zanu, which broke away from the Joshua Nkomo led Zapu was formed at Nkala’s house in Highfield, Harare in 1963.
Nkala left Zanu PF and the government at the height of the Willowgate scandal in 1988 after he was implicated.
He consistently rejected accusations that he was one of the people behind the Gukurahundi massacres in Matabeleland and Midlands.
Nkala had promised to pen a book that would expose people behind the massacres soon after independence, which he said would only be released after his death.