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AFRICAN UNION LOSES ITS FIRST FEMALE DEFENCE ATTACHE


Alwihda Info | Par UA - 14 Janvier 2015 modifié le 14 Janvier 2015 - 11:06


AFRICAN UNION LOSES ITS FIRST FEMALE DEFENCE ATTACHE
Addis Ababa, 14 January 2015. The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union has learned with great shock of the untimely death of the Zimbabwe Defence Attaché, Colonel Kutandakwenkosi Mamane Donga, who passed away on Thursday, 8 January 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Colonel Donga was the first female defence attaché of an African Union Member State and was Zimbabwe’s first woman defence attaché. She was one of the first two women to be promoted to the rank of Colonel in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. She joined the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Addis Ababa in 2011.
In her role as Zimbabwe’s Defence Attaché, Colonel

Donga notably led the African defence attaches who took part in the Amani Africa II training exercises for the African Standby Force that took place in Harare in November and December 2014. She was also a very active member of the Military Attaches Association in Addis Ababa, holding the position of Treasurer of the Association.

A memorial service for Colonel Donga will be held at the International Evangelical Church in Sarbet, Addis Ababa, on 14 January at 14:00hrs. She will be laid to rest on Sunday 18 January 2015 in her home town of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Colonel Donga is survived by her husband Kingstone Donga, children Takunda and Sakhile, as well as a grandchild Takunda Junior.



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