President mourns Professor Zvobgo


Austin Karonga

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday sent a message of condolence to the family of former University of Zimbabwe history associate professor, Chengetai Jonas Mudadirwa Zvobgo, pictured, who passed on in Harare on

Tuesday after a protracted stroke-related battle.

He passed on at St Giles Medical Rehabilitation Centre aged 78. He is survived by three daughters Knowledge, Wendy and Clara.

Zvobgo, the younger brother to the late veteran nationalist and national hero Eddison, is scheduled to be buried at the family’s homestead in Murinye, Masvingo, tomorrow.

“I was deeply saddened and pained to receive the news of the death yesterday, of…Mudadirwa Zvobgo, younger brother to our late national hero…Eddison Zvobgo.

“While we were aware that he had not been well for some time after suffering a stroke for which he was receiving treatment at a local rehabilitation centre, our prayers and expectations were pinned on his speedy recovery and wellness regrettably, this was not to be,” Mnangagwa said in a statement yesterday.

“However, we note with great satisfaction that the late professor has left behind a rich legacy traceable in the academic world through distinguished service as a history professor of repute. His contribution to the body of knowledge in both Zimbabwean and African history is well recognised, including several books and academic journals to his credit. He will be sorely missed by the academic community to which he was a respected figure.

“On behalf of the Government, my family, and on my own behalf, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the Zvobgo family, especially the professor’s children, Knowledge, Wendy and Clara, who have lost a loving father and their pillar of strength. May they all take comfort from the knowledge that our prayers are with them during this, their darkest hour of grief.” he said.

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