Harare Provincial Minister Oliver Chidawu dies

Oliver Chidawu

HARARE – Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in Harare, Oliver Chidawu, has died.

He passed away this morning from a heart attack. He was 68.

Chidawu was  appointed to the metropolitan post in March 2019 and he was a member of the senate.

Chidawu was an entrepreneur, chartered Engineer, former Chairman of African Banking Corporation Zimbabwe, Non-executive chairman of Manders Group and founder of Kuchi Group of Companies.

He was previously a major shareholder in Bitumen Construction. He was also founding shareholder and director of Heritage Investment Bank that merged with First Merchant Bank in 1997.

In March 2019, Chidawu was appointed Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Harare Metropolitan Province, filling a position left vacant when Mnangagwa named his Cabinet in September 2018.

Chidawu also set on the board of Bindura Nickel Corp In his past career, Star Africa Corp., was chairman at Pelhams and Zimplow Ltd.

Chidawu also became mayor of Harare at age 29 becoming the youngest mayor in the history of Harare in 1984.

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