Prof Makhu­rane de­clared na­tional hero

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“Af­ter in­de­pen­dence, he con­tin­ued to con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s ed­u­ca­tion and we then all agreed that in terms of the up­lift­ment of the na­tion of Zim­babwe ed­u­ca­tion­ally, Cde Makhu­rane ex­celled and he had contributed quite a lot to what Zim­babwe is to­day and there­fore that recog­ni­tion should not go un­no­ticed.”

Prof Makhu­rane’s son, Moketsi ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the Gov­ern­ment for con­fer­ring na­tional hero sta­tus to his fa­ther.

“On be­half of the fam­ily we ap­pre­ci­ate the hon­our be­stowed upon our fa­ther by the Gov­ern­ment for con­tribut­ing to the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle. The fam­ily ex­presses grat­i­tude for the recog­ni­tion,” he said.

Fam­ily spokesper­son, Mr Joshua Mpofu, last evening, told mourn­ers that the pro­gramme was not yet ready.

He said they were still in the process of li­ais­ing with the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs and Cul­tural Her­itage.

Mr Mpofu said the de­ci­sion to in­ter the body of Prof Makhu­rane at his ru­ral home was in line with the aca­demic’s wish.

“We sat down as a fam­ily and de­lib­er­ated on the is­sue of burial and it was re­solved that his (Prof Makhu­rane) wishes should be hon­oured hence he will be buried at Gungwe. We will, how­ever, no­tify you about the pro­gramme to­mor­row (to­day) as we are still mak­ing ar­range­ment with the rel­e­vant Gov­ern­ment struc­tures,” he said.

Prof Makhu­rane was born in Gwanda in 1939 and did his pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion in the dis­trict be­fore en­rolling at Che­gato in Mberengwa, Manama in Gwanda, Mnene again in Mberengwa and Fletcher High School in Gweru for his se­condary ed­u­ca­tion.

He went to the then Univer­sity of Rhode­sia (now Univer­sity of Zim­babwe) for his first de­gree where he ma­jored in Math­e­mat­ics and Physics and pro­ceeded to the United King­dom where he at­tained a Masters’ de­gree and a PhD in Physics.

Prof Makhu­rane later worked as a lec­turer at the Univer­sity of Zam­bia where he helped many lo­cals and Zam­bians, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa, to get schol­ar­ships.

He also worked at the Univer­sity of Botswana where he was Dean of the Fac­ulty of Science un­til in­de­pen­dence when he de­cided to come back home to work at the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe where he be­came the Pro Vice-Chan­cel­lor, be­fore mov­ing to the Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust) as the Vice Chan­cel­lor.

Prof Makhu­rane was tasked by Gov­ern­ment to be a tech­ni­cal advisor in higher ed­u­ca­tion and was ap­pointed Zim­babwe Coun­cil for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (Zim­che) chair­per­son un­til his re­tire­ment.

He also played a big role in the plan­ning of the es­tab­lish­ment of the Univer­sity of Gwanda. Prof Makhu­rane was Zapu’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Swe­den dur­ing the strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence. He is sur­vived by his wife, four chil­dren — three sons and a daugh­ter — and six grand­chil­dren. Mourn­ers are gath­ered at Num­ber 2 Mar­ion Road, Four­winds, Bu­l­awayo. —@mash­nets THE late na­tional hero and found­ing Na­tional Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust) Vice Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Phinias Makhu­rane, has been de­scribed as a man of pur­pose who pro­duced some of the coun­try’s top univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tors.

Zanu-PF spokesper­son, Cde Si­mon Khaya Moyo, said the late na­tional hero was a man of pur­pose and had left a last­ing le­gacy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“He was a solid per­son, an ac­com­plished giant. A man of pur­pose. A to­tal hu­man be­ing. A man of im­pres­sive skills. A man of unas­sum­ing stand­ing and en­vi­able hu­mil­ity. Those who knew him well can tes­tify that his con­tri­bu­tion to this na­tion was not only im­mense but im­mea­sur­able. A dis­tin­guished scholar of in­ter­na­tional re­pute,” he said.

Cde SK Moyo said al­though Prof Makhu­rane hailed from Mata­bele­land South, he be­longed to Zim­babwe.

“His at­tributes re­main a last­ing le­gacy for gen­er­a­tions to come. He was in­deed a jewel to hu­man­ity. He has de­parted for higher re­spon­si­bil­ity. He will re­turn. He was in­deed a man of pur­pose, prin­ci­pled and ad­mirable perser­vance. A ‘dou­ble brain’ as he was known in many in­formed cir­cles. A per­fect ge­nius,” he said.

Cde SK Moyo who had stood up to give his vote of thanks at the me­mo­rial ser­vice broke the news to the mourn­ers that Prof Makhu­rane had been de­clared a na­tional hero,

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