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Statement on the passing on of Professor John Mw Makumbe
for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ)
January 29, 2013
The Centre for
Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ) joins the Makumbe family
and the nation in mourning the untimely death of Professor John
Makumbe. Professor Makumbe was an immensely talented and rare academic
whose meaningful contribution to the fight for good governance and
democracy shaped Zimbabwe's political trajectory. Many scholars
and academics of repute in political science were mentored by Prof
Makumbe whilst many civil society activists drew inspiration from
him. Prof Makumbe will be greatly missed in both the academic world
and political platforms.
In 1995, Prof
Makumbe was suspended from being a lecturer at the University
of Zimbabwe for "taking an active party in politics"
and voicing that Zimbabwe was a de-facto One Party State. He was
reinstated by the High Court and never looked back. His depth and
credibility in democracy and governance issues saw him being invited
to work with many civil society organizations such as Crisis
in Zimbabwe Coalition, Transparency
Public Opinion Institute and CCDZ. Professor Makumbe was instrumental
in the formation of Transparency International-Zimbabwe and The
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition.
immensely from the knowledge and wisdom of Prof Makumbe, having
accepted invitations to facilitate workshops and presentations at
public meetings. In this vein, he played an advisory role at CCDZ
and also steered national debate on critical issues which include
Making process, elections, service delivery and local governance
matters. He mixed his good sense of humor with critical issues.
Prof Makumbe also helped CCDZ deliver a project on "Citizen
Advocacy for Effective Local Governance and Improved Service Delivery"
that was supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
and USAID in 2009 and 2010.
CCDZ takes comfort in
the fact that his written works will live forever and continue to
shape public debate on democracy and governance in Zimbabwe. His
fight for human rights shall not go down the drain. We urge his
wife Virginia and three children, Rumbidzai, Simba and Tawanda to
be strong in these trying times. They should adopt the fearlessness,
hardwork and consistency that characterized the life of their father.
The nation has lost a true patriot!
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