Tonderai Ndira

Male, Deceased Person

– 2008


Who was Tonderai Ndira?

Tonderai Ndira was a Zimbabwean political dissident murdered in May 2008.

Ndira lived in the township of Mabvuku and Tafara, east of the capital, Harare, and was a "prominent activist" member of the Movement for Democratic Change. He was described as a human rights campaigner and as "a youth activist who went around the country holding workshops and teaching people their rights". He had a wife and three young children.

He was arrested on thirty-five occasions, and was reportedly described by his followers as "Zimbabwe's Steve Biko".

The Sunday Herald reported:

"Ndira was legendary in Zimbabwe for his exploits. Once when police were hot on his tail, he famously joined the police search for himself, establishing himself at the heart of the search party without the police ever realising."

Ndira was accused of taking part in an assault in 2006 against MP Trudy Stevenson and three other members of the splinter pro-Senate MDC-M. He and several others were arrested, then released without charge due to lack of evidence. The MDC accused Zanu-PF of being behind the attack.

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May 1, 2008

on July 23, 2013


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