Top Zimbabwean legal scholar Dr Alex Magaisa dies

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ZIMBABWEAN lawyer, academic and political strategist Dr Alex Tawanda Magaisa has died.

The respected law scholar was 46.

His family says he suffered a cardiac arrest this Sunday morning at a hospital in Kent, UK. According to family sources, Magaisa has been living with a heart ailment “for at least a decade”.

Magaisa has been living and working in the UK at the University of Kent at the time of his death. Known for his political and social commentary work on issues affecting Zimbabwe, Magaisa was a prominent blogger as well as a critic of the Zimbabwe Government under President Mnangagwa.

He served in Government as Special Advisor in the Office of then Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in 2009 to 2013, after which he returned to the UK.

Magaisa attended Kutama College in Zimbabwe and enrolled with the University of Zimbabwe Law School.

After studying further and working in the UK, Magaisa was one of the technocrats brought into Government by Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to work jointly with Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF Government.

During that time, Magaisa also served as adviser to Constitution Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC), the State body that wrote the new Constitution of Zimbabwe in the period to the March 2013 constitutional referendum.

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