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SCMZ condolence message on the passing on of Prof John Makumbe
Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ)
January 28, 2013

It is with deep sadness that we, the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe (SCMZ) as part of the academic fraternity in Zimbabwe express our condolences on the passing on of Professor John Makumbe, a lifelong champion of justice and democracy. Prof Makumbe was well known for his witty and humorous commentaries, as the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights director Irene Petras rightly says, Makumbe was one of the few outspoken voices of conscience remaining in the academic community and a much loved member of the civil society. His wit, intellect and humour ensured that he and those around him were able to survive troubled times and remain resolute to the struggle for a better Zimbabwe."

Makumbe once said, "The church needs to speak out against intransigency" when he was talking about what should be done to develop Zimbabwe. We will always remember and cherish such great wise words from him.

We have lost a friend and a colleague who always worked towards the goal of a better Zimbabwe. His enthusiasm was and remains a guide for us to continue this work. As an Albino himself, Prof Makumbe steadfastly stood for the rights of the Albinos vociferously challenging all kinds of stereotypes. We all will miss the comic Professor!

To the student community, family, friends and colleagues of Professor John Makumbe, we wish to express our deepest sympathy for the loss. We share in your sorrow with respect, friendship and support for the Bible says, "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his SAINTS", Psalms 116:15.

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