Renowned Zimbabwean author and actor Charles Mungoshi has died at the age of 71 in a hospital in Harare. Mungoshi’s death was confirmed by his family in the statement released Saturday morning.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing away of our dearly beloved father, Dr Charles Mungoshi (71). He had been ill for ten years, from a neurological condition to which he succumbed this morning, at Parirenyatwa Hospital,” the family said in a statement.


Mungoshi was a prolific and multi-award winning novelist , poet , short story writer , actor who was internationally recognized and celebrated. He published 18 books , which include:

Waiting for the Rain ( 1975), Ndiko Kupindana Kwemazuva(1975),Makunun’unu Maodza Moyo (1970),The Milkman Doesn’t Only Deliver Milk (1981), Inongova Njake Njake(1980), Coming of the Dry Season (1972) Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness (2013).

In 2003 he was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Zimbabwe after winning multiple awards, which included Zimbabwe’s 75 best books, where he appeared in the top five lists in both the Shona and English categories.

Among other accolades, Dr Mungoshi won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize of Best Book in Africa twice and was subsequently invited to meet the Queen of England , Queen Elizabeth.

One of his poems was curetted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a permanent display as public art at their new headquarters in Seattle, Washington, in US ,2011.In 2003 he was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Zimbabwe, after winning multiple awards which include Zimbabwe’s 75 best books where he appeared in the top five lists in both Shona and English categories.

“We were honoured to have Dr Mungoshi , a quiet , deeply loving and caring husband to Jesesi, Father to Farai, Graham, Nyasha, Charles and Tsitsi and a grandfather to 7 young and lovely grandchildren.
Funeral details will be shared in due course,” the family wrote.