The Sunday Mail
Sunday Mail Correspondent
IMPALA Car Rental chief executive officer, music promoter and philanthropist Mr Thompson Dondo passed away in the early hours of yesterday after battling a kidney ailment and diabetes for some time.
“It is with great sadness that Impala Car Rental announces the passing on of its CEO, Thompson Kangamwirai Dondo. He succumbed to kidney failure in the early hours of January 2, 2020.
‘‘He is survived by his wife, Matirasa Dondo, his three children, Ruvarashe, Ngonidzaishe and Mudiwa. Funeral arrangements to be advised in due course,” said the company in a statement.
Family spokesperson Mr Peter Dondo also confirmed the businessman’s untimely death.
“It is extremely sad that this has happened. He was diabetic for a long time but when I spoke to him on New Year’s Eve, he told me his kidneys were not functioning well and was on medication,” said Mr Dondo.
Mourners are gathered at the late businessman’s house in Mount Pleasant.
Mr Dondo was heavily involved in charity work and a fortnight ago, he donated $500 000 to Mr Nhamo Magwizi, a physically challenged man whose house was razed during recent demolitions in Budiriro.
The late Mr Dondo’s business interests included a thriving piggery project in Chivhu.
He was also a former director at the now-defunct former Premier Soccer League football club Kiglon, and sponsored many music artistes, including his son Ngonidzaishe, popularly known as King 98.