FORMER Home Affairs Minister Giles Mutsekwa has died.
He was 73.
Mutsekwa, who served in the Government of National Unity (GNU) between 2009 and 2013 as one of Cabinet Ministers from the opposition MDC-T quota, died this Monday morning in Harare.
Mutsekwa was currently national deputy chairperson in the fringe opposition MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora.
Elias Mudzuri, former Harare Mayor and also one of the GNU Ministers, mourned Mutsekwa as a longserving veteran of the opposition movement in Zimbabwe.
“It is with a heavy heart that I learnt of the passing away of our Vice National Chaiman Senator Major Giles Mutseyekwa this morning,” Mudzuri mourned.
“He was a long serving veteran of the MDC and his death will leave an huge gap in our movement. MHDSRIP.”
Mutsekwa was appointed to the GNU government as one of two co-ministers of Home Affairs by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in February 2009.
Born in 1948, Mutsekwa served as secretary for Security and Intelligence of the MDC-T led by Morgan Tsvangirai. He also served as MP for Mutare North from 2000 to 2008.
After serving as co-Minister of Home Affairs in 2009, he was in 2010 reassigned and became Minister for National Housing.
Mutsekwa was a trained soldier with various military awards, which include General Service Medal – Bronze Cross of Zimbabwe.
He served in the Rhodesian army in Ian Smith’s government where he held several posts in the army including being Officer CADET (UK) 1978-1979.
At independence, he joined the Zimbabwe army and was in 1983 promoted to the rank of captain. Mutsekwa also participated in the Military campaigns of Mozambique between 1982–86.
After leaving the army, Mutsekwa entered politics and joined the Zimbabwe Unity Movement as its the Manicaland Provincial Chairman. He was with Mwonzora in the ZUM.
When the opposition MDC was formed in 1999, he became one of the most senior members in Manicaland.