Josiah Tungamirai Politician

Air Chief Marshal Josiah Tungamirai (8 October 1948 – 25 August 2005), born Thomas Mberikwazvo, was a Zimbabwean military officer and politician. He was commander of the Air Force and later served as Minister of State for Indigenization and Empowerment in President Robert Mugabe's government before his death in 2005. Tungamirai was born into a peasant family as Thomas Mberikwazvo on 8 October 1948 in Gutu, Masvingo Province in what was then Southern Rhodesia. He received his primary education at the Mutero Mission in Gutu from 1957 to 1964. His secondary education was completed at the Chikwingwizha Seminary. Tungamirai went up to Salisbury Polytechnic and he completed his studies in Physics and Mathematics in 1970. Tungamirai served in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army during its war to overthrow white rule in former Rhodesia. He was a loyalist during the Nhari and Vashandi rebellions against ZANLA command, and was among those ZANLA officers who escaped Zambia, following the Zambian government's round-up of senior ZANU officials after the assassination of Herbert Chitepo. Towards the end of the war, he served as ZANLA Political Commissar.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 8th, 1948
Date of death
August 25th, 2005 at age of 56
Place of death
South Africa

Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
Air Force of Zimbabwe


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