‘Prof Makhu­rane a man of pur­pose’

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draw­ing ap­plause and ul­u­la­tion.

Act­ing Gwanda Vice Chan­cel­lor, Dr Sikhu­lumani Bayeza Man­gena, de­scribed Prof Makhu­rane as a great man who had pro­duced among scores of stu­dents, four Vice Chan­cel­lors. “At Nust he served very well, I have not heard some­body who pro­duced more than four aca­demics to lead uni­ver­si­ties, I will men­tion a few, the Vice chan­cel­lor of Bin­dura, Prof Ed­die Mwenje is his prod­uct, the Vice chan­cel­lor of Lu­pane State Univer­sity Prof Par­don Kuipa and vice chan­cel­lor of Harare In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (Hit) en­gi­neer Quin­ton Kan­hukamwe and the late Dr McLean Mack­son Bhala who was act­ing vice chan­cel­lor of Lu­pane State Univer­sity,” said Dr Man­gena.

“If you are able to show the light to pro­duce vice chan­cel­lors what more would you ex­pect. Fur­ther­more, he did not tire from Nust, he said he thinks that there should be a univer­sity in Gwanda of course he hails from Gwanda and he started the lead­er­ship of struc­tur­ing a univer­sity in Gwanda”.

Higher and Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter, Prof Amon Mur­wira in a speech read on his be­half by Di­rec­tor in the Min­istry Mrs Rungano Ka­ri­manzira said the coun­try had lost a ded­i­cated aca­demic.

“The loss of such a ded­i­cated aca­demic like Prof Makhu­rane has come at a time when the trans­for­ma­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion premised on our her­itage was be­gin­ning to take shape. Surely, the Min­istry would have ben­e­fited from con­tri­bu­tions from such an em­i­nent per­son like

Prof Makhu­rane par­tic­u­larly in shap­ing the na­tional trans­for­ma­tion agenda to­wards the at­tain­ment of a mod­ernised mid­dle-in­come econ­omy by 2030,” said Prof Mur­wira.

He said it was through Prof Makhu­rane’s ex­tra­or­di­nary ap­peal that thou­sands of stu­dents and aca­demics were ben­e­fi­cia­ries of his guid­ance at var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties and re­search in­sti­tu­tions in Zam­bia, Botswana and Zim­babwe.

“Thus, our tribute to Prof Makhu­rane as an ed­u­ca­tion­ist is very cen­tral to the at­tain­ment of the na­tional devel­op­ment agenda”.

Nust Vice chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Mqhele Dlodlo, de­scribed the late hero as a great man and cham­pion who was not de­terred by chal­lenges in set­ting up Nust. “We are here to cel­e­brate the life of a great man, a brother a fa­ther and un­cle, grand­fa­ther and a man who meant some­thing to every­one that ever en­coun­tered him,” said Prof Dlodlo.

“Nust cel­e­brates count­less achieve­ments of its vi­sion­ary founder, Pro­fes­sor Makhu­rane. He was man­dated to come into Bulawayo with noth­ing but an idea of a univer­sity of science and tech­nol­ogy .He had no bud­get to speak of and was ac­com­pa­nied by a skele­tal staff sec­onded from the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. He had to think and lead”.

He said Prof Makhu­rane had to rely on rented rooms and premises across the city and had to in­vest a size­able por­tion of a shoe string bud­get in trans­port as they had no cam­pus.

He said suc­ceed­ing Vice chan­cel­lors tend to be chal­lenged to drive for the achieve­ment of his dream.

“Any­one in­ter­ested in the chal­lenges he went through must read Chap­ter nine of his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy,” said Prof Dlodlo. — @Aux­il­iaK

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