Gordon Chavunduka

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Professor Gordon Lloyd Chavunduka (c.16 August 1931 – 11 January 2013) was a Zimbabwean sociologist and traditional healer. He served as a member of Abel Muzorewa's delegation to the 1979 Lancaster House Conference that led to Zimbabwe's independence,[1] he has published several books on traditional medicine.[2][3][4][5][6]

Prof. Chavunduka was vice-chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe from 1992 to 1996,[7] after his retirement from the university, he served as president of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association.[8] He was a great influence to Christopher Chetsanga.

Chavunduka died on 11 January 2013 at the age of 82 in Harare, after a short illness.[9]


  1. ^ Martin, D.; Johnson, P. (1981). The struggle for Zimbabwe. Boston: Faber and Faber. p. 400. ISBN 978-0-85345-599-8. 
  2. ^ Chavunduka, G. (1972). Interaction of folk and scientific beliefs in Shona medical practices. Ph.D. thesis, University of London. 
  3. ^ Chavunduka, G. (1978). Traditional Healers and the Shona Patient. Gwelo: Mambo. 
  4. ^ Last, M. L.; Chavunduka, G. (1988). The Professionalization of African Medicine: Ambiguities and Definitions. Manchester: Manchester University Press. p. 308. ISBN 978-0-7190-2252-4. 
  5. ^ Chavunduka, G. (1994). Traditional medicine in modern Zimbabwe. Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-908307-40-1. 
  6. ^ Chavunduka, G. (1978). Traditional Healers and the Shona Patient. Harare: Mambo Press. p. 139. ASIN B0000EDYZT. 
  7. ^ University of Zimbabwe. "About UZ". Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  8. ^ "Holy Water Is Serious Business". The Zimbabwean. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  9. ^ "MDC-T senior official Professor Gordon Chavunduka, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe and president of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers' Association (ZINATHA) has died". nehandaradio.com. 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
Educational offices
Preceded by
Walter Kamba
Vice–Chancellors and principals of the University of Zimbabwe
1992 – 1996
Succeeded by
Graham Hill