HARARE – Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) chairman, Professor Norman Nyazema, yesterday described the late prominent Harare lawyer, Arthur Mutsonziwa, as a good and highly-principled man who would be missed by all who knew him.
The long-serving ANZ director and partner at law firm Atherstone & Cook, suffered a serious heart attack last Thursday and died on his way to hospital.
Mutsonziwa graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with the degrees of BL (Hons) and LL.B in 1976 and 1978.
He was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of Zimbabwe on May 14, 1980, becoming a partner at Atherstone & Cook in 1984.
He specialised in insurance law and was a leading expert in Zimbabwe on insurance law and insurance litigation.
In addition, he also rendered service in the fields of commercial law and commercial litigation.
Apart from his directorship at ANZ — publishers of the Daily News, the Daily News on Sunday and the Weekend Post — Mutsonziwa also served on the Peterhouse Group of Schools’ Board of Governors from July 2005 until his death.
“We were shocked and gutted by his untimely death. Arthur was a good and highly-principled man with deep Christian values.
“He contributed and sacrificed so much for ANZ, including during the time the company was violently and unjustly shut down by the government,” Prof Nyazema said.
“He truly cherished the schools he was involved with,” said Paul Grinham, chairman of Ruzawi School Board of Governors — where Mutsonziwa was also a director and deputy chairman.
Peterhouse Group of Schools rector, Howard Blackett said: “May I ask you to remember Arthur’s wife Lucy and his family in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time”.
Mutsonziwa’s memorial service will be held tomorrow at 9am at St Mary Magdalene Church, King George Road, Avondale, Harare.