For­mer Hill­side prin­ci­pal Wil­son Bako dies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

FOR­MER Hill­side Teach­ers’ Col­lege prin­ci­pal and busi­ness­man Mr Wil­son Garikai Bako has died. He was 67. Mr Bako col­lapsed and died at his home in Bu­l­awayo’s For­tunes Gate sub­urb on Mon­day. He was buried at Lady Stan­ley Ceme­tery on Thurs­day. His nephew and fam­ily spokesper­son Mr Zvavamwe Sham­bare said Mr Bako was a renowned ed­u­ca­tion­ist who con­trib­uted im­mensely to the devel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

“He was di­a­betic and col­lapsed on 15 Au­gust was buried at Lady Stan­ley Ceme­tery on Thurs­day. He was a very in­tel­li­gent pro-devel­op­ment man who val­ued ed­u­ca­tion and busi­ness. He up­lifted every­one in the fam­ily,” said Mr Sham­bare.

He said Mr Bako served as the prin­ci­pal at Hill­side Teach­ers’ Col­lege be­tween 1987 and 1995.

Mr Sham­bare said his un­cle worked with other ed­u­ca­tion­ists like Pro­fes­sor Phineas Makhu­rane and the late in­dus­tri­al­ist Mr Eric Bloch to help set up the Na­tional Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy.

“Mr Bako also cham­pi­oned the teach­ing of French at Hill­side and sev­eral sec­ondary schools around Bu­l­awayo such as Mon­trose Girls High among other sec­ondary schools,” said Mr Sham­bare.

He said Mr Bako was a lec­turer at Mkoba Teach­ers’ Col­lege in Gweru be­fore join­ing Hill­side Teach­ers Col­lege.

He started his ca­reer as a teacher at sev­eral schools in Mashona­land prov­inces.

Mr Bako was ac­tive in the lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port of free­dom fight­ers dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion war.

“He was the founder of ‘R & K’ indige­nous bak­ery. Mr Bako was a busi­ness­man run­ning one of the big­gest busi­ness com­plexes in Bu­l­awayo. He was pro-de­vo­lu­tion say­ing he would only in­vest his money in Bu­l­awayo which be­came his home,” Mr Sham­bare said. He said Mr Bako was part of Zim­babwe Saints Foot­ball Club ex­ec­u­tive as well as Zim­babwe Na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce. He is sur­vived by his wife Catherine, four chil­dren and three grand chil­dren. @ nqot­shili

The late Mr Wil­son Garikai Bako

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