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Learnmore Judah Jongwe (born on the 28th of April 1974 in Samambwa village in Zhombe, died October 24, 2002) was a Zimbabwean politician.

Education[edit]

Jongwe did his Advanced Levels at Lower Gwelo Mission between 1993 and 1994 before enrolling at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in 1995.

Jongwe soon got actively involved in student politics. He was elected into the Committee of the Zimbabwe Law Students Association (ZILSA) at the end of 1995.

He was also involved in campus politics. As a result, he was suspended briefly in July 1996 by the then Vice Chancellor Professor Graham Hill. The suspension lasted for a few weeks before he was reinstated with the other two student leaders who had been suspended together with him. (Daniel Molokele (Acting President) and Tirivanhu Chitongo (Acting Vice President)

Soon afterwards, he was elected as the UZ Student Representative Council (SRC) President in October 1996.

The years 1996 and 1997 saw the formal revival of the national students’ mother body, the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU), which assumed the motto ‘Struggle is our Birthright.’

A conference to re-launch ZINASU was held from the 28th of February to the 2nd of March 1997. Jongwe was duly elected as the first President of the revived ZINASU.

Other comrades who were elected into that executive included Daniel Molokele from the UZ (Deputy President), Charlton Hwende from Harare Polytechnic (Secretary General), Job Sikhala from UZ (Information and Publicity) and Promise Sande from the UZ (Treasurer).

The then 23-year-old lad and 3rd-year law student at the UZ was to lead the national students union for the next two years.

Jongwe served the students union with passion and commitment, such that ZINASU became a force to reckon within the country’s political landscape. During the 1998 food riots, Jongwe led countywide students’ protests against the rising cost of living in the country.

He was succeeded by Hopewell ‘Msavaya’ Gumbo as ZINASU President at the 2nd ZINASU Bi-Annual Congress at the University of Zimbabwe in 1999. After serving as president of the union Jongwe was later appointed ZINASU Board Secretary, a position he held until 2001.

Politics[edit]

As ZINASU President, Jongwe played a critical role in the formation of an alternative political force, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Jongwe became the first National Chairperson of the MDC Youth Assembly and later became the party’s national Spokesperson. Because of his attributes that include bravery, charisma, eloquence, and brilliance Jongwe remains one of the most inspirational student leaders ever to emerge from this land. Learnmore Jongwe was the first spokesman for the Zimbabwean Movement for Democratic Change Party and Member of Parliament for Kuwadzana.

Confession[edit]

In July 2002, he confessed to having murdered his wife after finding her having sex with another man.[1]

Death[edit]

He died in prison on October 24, 2002.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thornycroft, Peta (July 25, 2002). "MDC chief charged with wife's murder". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  2. ^ Bell, Alex (October 27, 2009). "Learnmore Jongwe Commemorated by Trust Launch". AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 

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AllAfrica.com
Wed, 20 May 2015 23:22:30 -0700

In terms of political clout, the likes of Obert Gutu, Theresa Makone and Douglas Mwonzora stand like peanuts next to a mountain when one recalls those days of the likes of Isaac Matongo, Gibson Sibanda, Welshman Ncube and Learnmore Jongwe.

ZimEye - Zimbabwe News

ZimEye - Zimbabwe News
Mon, 02 Feb 2015 03:03:42 -0800

London – Investigations into the death of mother of two, the late Emily Munemo who was found stabbed on Saturday morning, have taken a twist with relatives of her estranged husband invoking the ghost of the late MDC-T Spokesman Learnmore Jongwe.

Nehanda Radio

Nehanda Radio
Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:48:45 -0700

Chamisa was instrumental in the formation of the Friends of Learnmore Jongwe Trust whose first act was to set up and unveil his tombstone. The Trust, whose directors include Jongwe's former university friends — Pedzisai Ruhanya, Takura Zhangazha, ...

Nehanda Radio

Nehanda Radio
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:43:47 -0700

So many times in our lives we meet people who influence us for a particular period and then afterwards somehow disappear into the distant memories of our continuing life journey. Learnmore Jongwe with his wife Rutendo on their wedding day. But yet at ...
 
NewsDay
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:21:08 -0700

FRIENDS of the late united MDC spokesperson Learnmore Jongwe, who died in remand prison while awaiting trial for allegedly murdering his wife 11 years ago, will today commemorate his life in South Africa. Report by Moses Matenga. Jongwe was born on ...
 
Nehanda Radio
Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:28:53 -0800

The year 1997 saw the formalisation of the national students' mother body to be named the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) and assuming the motto 'Struggle is our Birthright.' In March that year the union held its inaugural National Conference ...
 
New Zimbabwe.com
Fri, 29 Oct 2010 08:51:46 -0700

LEARNMORE Jongwe will be remembered at a memorial service in his home district of Zhombe on Saturday. Jongwe, the MDC's popular former spokesman, died in an apparent suicide in prison on October 24, 2002, after being charged with killing his wife in ...
 
Nehanda Radio
Wed, 03 Nov 2010 06:22:20 -0700

EMPRESS MINE – Thousands of MDC supporters, relatives and friends converged at Empress Mine Business Centre, in Zhombe, Midlands North province for a memorial rally of the late first MDC national spokesperson, Learnmore Jongwe. During the rally ...
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