Overson Mugwisi was a Colonel in the Zimbabwe National Army. He was also the Zimbabwe Defence Forces’s director of public relations at the time of his death.
He was born in 1956 in Masvingo and later crossed into Mozambique to join the liberation struggle in September 1976.
Col Mugwisi attended Torwood Primary School, Drake and Amaveni secondary schools in Kwekwe, Midlands Province. Over the years, Col Mugwisi attended most career courses offered by the army during the Junior Staff Course, the Company Group Commanders Course and the Command and Staff Course.
Col Mugwisi was first appointed the official spokesperson of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) in 2009, when he was Lieutenant Colonel, taking over from Lieutenant Colonel Simon Tsatsi. He then rose to become spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF).
In his military career dating back to Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, Col Mugwisi held various senior posts among them Adjutant Zimbabwe Military Academy (ZMA), Officer Commanding Cadet Division ZMA, and Staff Officer responsible for Administration Plans at Army Headquarters.
He was also Staff Officer responsible for research at the Zimbabwe Staff College and Directing Staff Joint Command and Staff Courses at the Zimbabwe Staff College before he went into public relations of the army.
Col. Mugwisi has been speaking to the press since 2011. When soldiers fought civilians in Mbare over an arguement.
And most recently, assuring the Zimbabwean nation that the ZNA will accept the outcome of the 30 July 2019 election and respect the Constitution, and that the military would accept the outcome of the election, and will respect the Constitution.
Sources revealed that Mugwisi died at 2 Referral Hospital Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks in Harare.