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Zimbabwe’s first army commander dies

Post-Independence Zimbabwe’s first army commander of Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Retired General Andrew “Sandy” Maclean has died.

Maclean (87) died at Fairway Old People’s Home in Harare .His death was confirmed by the family spokesperson Rob Anderson.

“Yes, he passed on the 18th of July. It was because of old age, he has been cremated .I am relaying what the family is telling me. I will have to speak to the family,” spokesperson said.

Anderson also said the service of Maclean will be held on Thursday.

ZDF Wing Commander Donovan Muroiwa said they were still waiting for more information from the family.

“We are still waiting for the family to give us full information. We understand he is no more. We will issue a full statement when we have full details we want on his biography,” he said.

Maclean was appointed commander of the country by then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe on the 8th of August in 1981.

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