HARARE – Harare’s Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Oliver Chidawu, has died.
Chidawu, reportedly succumbed to a heart attack Tuesday morning.
Information permanent secretary Nick Mangwana confirmed the news of Chidawu’s death.
“I am saddened to learn of someone I considered a good friend, Hon Oliver Chidhau. For a long time we used to have tea every Sunday and compare notes. He always spoke his mind. Rest In Peace, Dziva,” he said.
Chidawu who was born in 1954, became the youngest mayor in Harare city history in 1984 at the age of 29.
He was a chartered engineer and entrepreneur, chairman of the African Banking Corporation Zimbabwe, non-executive chairman of the Manders Group and founder of the Kuchi group of companies.
He served on the board of directors of Bindura Nickel Corporation Ltd.
Chidawu was also a major shareholder in Bitumen Construction and a founding shareholder and director of Heritage Investment Bank, which merged with First Merchant Bank in 1997.