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CHRA mourns Professor John Makumbe: A man of the people
Residents Association (CHRA)
January 28, 2013
The Board, Staff
and Membership of the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA)
would like to join the Makumbe family, all progressive civil society
organizations and the nation at large at the untimely passing on
of Professor John Makumbe. We acknowledge that the nation has been
robbed of an astute, sound and progressive academic who dedicated
his life to the development of Zimbabwe. Indeed Prof J, Makumbe
was a champion of good governance, human rights and foot soldier
who fought for the rights of the marginalized especially the albino
community. Throughout his entire life, he made great strides in
advocating for the realization of a better Zimbabwe and good leadership
that respected the will of the people.
history can be written without mentioning John Makumbe. He has been
very vocal when it came to issues of leadership renewal at all levels
of governance a position which Zimbabwean civil society has always
advocated for. At the time of his death, Professor John Makumbe
was the chairmen of Munhondo Trust, a shareholder of the Zimbabwean
newspaper and was also a columnist. Each and every week he wrote
articles that mirrored against the people's position and the
Zimbabwean newspaper will never be the same again without his weekly
contributions. He was the man behind the civil society-Zimbabwean
collaboration which saw many organizations further distributing
old copies of the newspaper for free to their respective members
in an effort to ease the challenges of access to information.
His death exposes
the anomaly in the country pertaining national heroes accreditation
which has become a ZANU PF affair because under a normal arrangement,
he deserves to be declared a national hero due to his immense political,
academic and social contributions. He will be greatly missed by
many for he was a person who always brought a balance to national
political discourse and can safely be confirmed as a former centre
for political discourse enquiry.
He is survived
by wife Virginia and three children. Mourners are gathered at house
number 12 Ashburton Avenue, Msasa Park. Burial arrangements are
yet to be made.
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