Liberation war hero and musician Cde Dickson Chingaira known as “Cde Chinx” who died last Friday will be buried today at Glen Forest cemetery in Harare.
Cde Chinx who succumbed to cancer a week ago. He was 61.
Family spokesperson Mr Dick Chingaira (Junior), yesterday said the decision to bury the musician at Glen Forest cemetery was in consultation with Government.
“After consultations with the State, we decided to bury him at Glen Forest and we are on the same page with the State,” he said.
VETERAN musician and war veteran Cde Dickson Chingaira who died on Friday last week at a city hospital, has been declared a liberation war hero. zanu-PF secretary for administration Cde Ignatius Chombo, last night said in conferring Cde Chingaira liberation war hero status, the Politburo considered his contribution to the nation.
“Cde Dickson Chingaira has been declared a liberation war hero. He has earned this because of his works during the war and he remained consistent after the war. The nation is thankful to his contribution,” he said.
Popularly known as Cde Chinx, the iconic musician passed on at West End Hospital in Harare. He was 61. Harare province had written to the party recommending national hero status for him.
Cde Chinx battled blood cancer for some time and was in and out of hospital.He also had tried to seek help from prophets, apostolic faith churches and traditional healers without success.
Buhera West Constituency legislator Cde Joseph Chinotimba today handed over furniture worth $4 500 to Cde Dickson Chinx Chingaira’s wife at their Sentosa home that was handed to the family by First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe this week.
The house was donated by the Zimbabwe Music Awards (ZIMA) as a recognition of Cde Chinx’s contribution to the development of music.
Addressing journalists after the handover, Cde Chinotimba said the donation would go a long way in helping his ailing friend, as well as his family.
FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday waded into the family affairs of popular musician, Dickson Chingaira, popularly known as Cde Chinx, declaring that his second wife does not deserve to be accommodated in a house donated to the family by organisers of the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima).
Speaking at the handover of the house in Sentosa, Harare, Grace declared that the property belonged to Cde Chinx’s first wife, Patricia.
She said the second wife, Ntombizodwa, should be happy with what she has now, as she was responsible for the polygamous situation in the family. “I don’t want to turn my back and leave things in disarray,” she said, describing herself as a judge.
Ntombizodwa, who was sitting on Cde Chinx’s left side in the front row, remained stoned-faced as Grace delivered her “verdict”. “We don’t want to leave this place to hear that people stabbed each other, we don’t want to hear that. Do you agree with me?” she asked people who had attended the function.
“Ntombizodwa, you are junior and you should accept the situation that you created. You created that situation for yourself and if you didn’t like it, you must have objected. This house will be left for Patricia.”
But the veteran musician was not amused by the decision, and took Grace to task, asking if she was going to organise something for his junior wife. In response, Grace threw the ball back to Zima chairman Joseph Nyadzayo to solve the matter and satisfy all. The otherwise colourful function turned sombre for some, including Cde Chinx’s second wife, while the elder wife’s supporters were engulfed in mirth.
Veteran musician Cde Dickson Chingaira, popularly known as “Cde Chinx”, can now move into the house that the Zimbabwe Music Awards built for him. The four-bedroomed house in Mabelreign, Harare, was handed over to the Chingaira family yesterday at a colourful ceremony presided over by First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe. And Cde Chinx, who is battling cancer, made it to the event, albeit in a wheelchair.
It was a day of joy mixed with tears, which came 24 hours after the musician was discharged from hospital. The house — which has two master bedrooms — has got everything that befits a modern house; fully painted, ceiling, tiles, cabinet fittings, lawn and pavements.
The event was graced by Government officials, musicians and businesspersons, with entertainment being provided by the Police Band, a group that has a long working relationship with Cde Chinx.
Cde Chinx, seating in between his two wives, Patricia and Ntombizodwa, shed tears throughout the event. Zima, under the stewardship of its chairperson Joseph Nyadzayo, took about three years to complete the house.Cde Chinx was given the Lifetime Achievement award by Zima in 2014.
The award is meant to honour living legends who have made it in the music industry. Dr Mugabe hailed Cde Chinx for his role in the liberation struggle and after independence.
“We have a tendency of wanting to celebrate people when they are departed, but today we are celebrating what Cde Chinx has done for us through music whilst he is still with us,” she said.
“He went to war getting guidance from leaders like President Mugabe and it might be that Cde Chinx’s clothes were poisoned (by the Ian Smith regime) during the war, hence his being in a wheel chair today.
A picture of ailing music star Cde Chinx Chingaira is doing the rounds on social media following reports that the “Hondo Yeminda” singer had passed on.
Cde Chinx whose real name is Dickson Chingaira was taken ill to West End Hospital last week after his health deteriorated due to blood cancer. He has been rumoured dead twice before and the latest hoax has forced his family to release his frail picture while in hospital.
One of the artiste’s wives, Zodwa Chingaira told our sister paper, The Herald that her husband’s condition was improving by the day.
“Cde Chinx is still in hospital at West End. I cannot say much about the illness as I’m still to get enough information pertaining to that. What I can say is his health is improving by day and we hope he will be fine and out soon,” she said.
Before he was admitted, Cde Chinx had tried to seek help from prophets, apostolic faith churches and also traditional healers but to no avail. Early this year, he released an album featuring Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Civic Education despite his ill-health.
Cde Chinx is married to two wives with 10 children between them.