Meet The Late Joel Biggie Matiza's Wife

May he rest in peace

By  | Oct 11, 2022, 07:58 AM  | Relationships

Joel Biggie Matiza
Joel Biggie Matiza was one of Zimbabwe’s national heroes who succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

At the time of his death, Matiza who had fought for the struggle for liberation was the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, but that’s not all there was to him.

Besides his public profile, Joel Biggie Matiza was also a family man and he left behind a wife and children.

This article discusses who Joel Biggie Matiza’s wife and children are and also discusses his infamous paternity case that continues to date.

Who was Joel Biggie Matiza’s wife?

Matiza's wife receiving his PhD, source: Nehanda radio

The late Joel Biggie Matiza’s wife was Lilian Matiza. Not much is known about her although some sources indicate that she got married to Matiza in the early 2000s.

During his funeral, Matiza’s wife paid a heartwarming tribute to him. describing him as a great husband, she said:

“I am an average person but he knew well how to pull me out of my section to make sure we were together. He was a great husband and he made me know Jesus.”

In May 2021, a few months after Joel Biggie Matiza’s death, President Emmerson Mnangagwa handed over the doctorate certificate and academic transcript of the late Matiza to his wife at a ceremony that was held at the state house in the presence of the late national hero’s sons.

The late Matiza had obtained a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from the Binary University of Management and Entrepreneurship, Malaysia, in collaboration with Chinhoyi University of Technology on the 15th of December 2021.

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Joel Biggie Matiza's children

During his marriage to his wife Lilian, Joel Biggie Matiza had three sons- Joel, Joseph and Joshua. Like their mother, the three sons have also maintained very private lives and not much is known about them.

Joel Biggie Matiza’s paternity case

Joel Biggie Matiza, source: Twitter

In addition to his three sons, Joel Biggie Matiza reportedly had another son who was born out of wedlock in 1987.

Tendai Muchando who claims to be the late minister’s son was born to Matiza and Rosemary Muchando and two paternity tests have proved this.

Back in October 2017, Joel Biggie Matiza dominated the papers following his legal battle with Tendai Muchando who claimed that he was his biological son, something that the late minister disputed even though two DNA tests that were done locally and in South Africa concluded a 99, 85 percent probability of paternity.

In his application, Matiza told the court that Rosemary Muchando successfully sued him for maintenance in 1992, and that since then, he had cared for Tendai as if he were his own son, until 2015, when the woman admitted that he was not her son's father.

While the paternity saga appeared to have died down, after Matiza’s death, the battle resurfaced again and this time it was between Tendai Muchando and Matiza’s widow as the battle for the late minister’s estate began and Muchondo wrote to her requesting to be included as a beneficiary in the estate.

In May 2022, Matiza’s widow’s application for Tendai Muchando to undertake a paternity test was dismissed by the court who accused her of feigning ignorance on the subject, despite knowing full well that previous tests were performed at Matiza's request.

Joel Biggie Matiza death

Joel Biggie Matiza died from COVID-19 on the 22nd of January 2021 after a week of being hospitalized. He was 60 years old at the time of his death.

His death came just two days after fellow Minister Sibusiso Moyo also succumbed to the respiratory illness. He was the fourth minister in Zimbabwe to die from COVID-19-related complications.

He was laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre in Harare alongside Sibusiso Moyo who was the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister and the former Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Commissioner General Major-General (Retired) Paradzai Zimondi.

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