Wing Commander Mudenge is no more

Tawanda Homba

Masvingo- Airforce of Zimbabwe Wing Commander, Nyasha Mudenge (61) who died at West End Hospital on December 4, 2020 was buried at his rural home in Masvingo with full military honours.

Mudenge’s daughter, Cindrella Chikombe told The Mirror that her father died of renal failure and was buried in Charumbira Communal lands in Masvingo on December 8.

“The Commander Defence Forces (CDF), General Philip Valerio Sibanda, Service Chiefs, General and Air Officers, Senior Officers, Men and Women of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and their families wish to convey their heartfelt condolences to the Mudenge family and the nation at large on the passing on of Commander Mudenge.

‘’Mudenge will be remembered for his invaluable contribution to the organisation’s research and development programmes.

‘’ The late Wing Commander was decorated with the following medals, Independence, Medal, Ten Years’ Service Medal, Mozambique Campaign and DRC Campaign. May his soul rest in eternal peace,’’ reads part of the condolence message from the ZDF.

Mudenge was attested into the Air Force of Zimbabwe in 1981 as an Aircraftsman and rose through ranks to the rank of Warrant Officer Class One in 1992. He was later commissioned to the rank of Flight Lieutenant in 2000 and was further promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader in 2003 and Wing Commander in 2013, the rank he held until the time of his death.

He joined the liberation war after completing his secondary education in the late 1970s and was injured in 1979 and had a bullet lodged in his leg until 2017 when it was removed at Parirenyatwa through an operation.
At Independence he returned to Zimbabwe and joined the Air force as trainee Aircraft engineer.

He is survived by 7 children.

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