30 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Professor John Makumbe Laid to Rest

Photo: Charles Saki/RNW
Zimbabwe's late political analyst Professor John Makumbe.

press release

Professor John Makumbe, who died on Sunday at the Arcadia Medical Centre in Harare, was today laid to rest at his rural home in Marengo village in Buhera.

Speaking during his burial, President Tsvangirai mourned a friend in the struggle saying he was an academic par excellence. He said Prof Makumbe was a true hero of Zimbabwe who was frank and stood for what he believed in. President Tsvangirai was accompanied by Mai Tsvangirai and senior party leaders, Cabinet Ministers, MPs and people from other political formations.

Professor John Mudiwa Washe Makumbe was born on 06 May, 1949 in Buhera district, Manicaland province.

He was 65.

This year, Prof. Makumbe was set to contest in the coming parliamentary elections on an MDC ticket in Buhera West, setting a precedent for the first in the history of the country's politics, of a clear succession plan where the outgoing MP, Advocate Eric Matinenga would assist the professor in his campaigns.

Prof. Makumbe was a senior official in the MDC and worked in various capacities in an advisory role. He is most remembered in the party structures for his role in participating in the Ideological Lecture Series programmes that are held weekly in Harare and across the country. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and three children, Rumbidzai, Simba and Tawanda.

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