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Veteran author Charles Mungoshi dies

Veteran author Charles Mungoshi has died this morning at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare after a long illness.

Jessesi and her husband Charles Mungoshi
Jessesi and her husband Charles Mungoshi

Mungoshi suffered a stroke in April 2010, which nearly paralysed him and pushed him into a two-month long comma. According to some reports the stroke severely affected his nervous system leading to the shrinking of his brain. He has been battling ill-health ever since.

The legendary writer will be buried in Chivhu (Manyene , Marundamashanu farms) on Tuesday. His body will lie in state at his home tomorrow Sunday, then travel to Chivhu on Monday where he will be buried on Tuesday. Mourners are gathered at 47 Uta, Zengeza 1, Chitungwiza. 

Mungoshi married actress, Jesesi Mungoshi, who played the title role in the 1993 Zimbabwean film Neria (written by Tsitsi Dangarembga and directed by Godwin Mawuru).

He holds an Honorary degree from the University of Zimbabwe. His works include short stories and novels in both Shona and English. He also wrote poetry.

Mungoshi’s  novel ‘Waiting for the Rain’ has been prescribed reading for years in Zimbabwean schools. This novel was published in 1975, the same year as his Shona novel ‘Ndiko kupindana kwa mazuva’ (How time passes). He received an International PEN award for both these books.

His other publications include two collections of short stories, ‘The Setting Sun’ and ‘The Rolling World’ (1987), two collections of children’s stories, ‘Stories from a Shona Childhood’ (1989) and ‘One Day Long Ago’ (1991) and a collection of poems, ‘The Milkman Doesn’t Only Deliver Milk’ (1998). 

His book ‘Walking Still’, a collection of short stories, was awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize. 

Mungoshi also took part in some of the local Zimbabwean drama series in the late 1980s to early ’90s, and played a role in a local drama Ndabvezera, which was produced by Aaron Chiundura Moyo.

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