Former school head Muchingami dies


MASVINGO – Elias Muchingami Machingura (81), a former head for several schools in Chivi District and an ex-liberation war detainee is no more.

Muchingami succumbed to a stroke on June 6, 2021 at Masvingo Provincial Hospital and was buried at Madembo Village under Chief Charumbira near Bondolfi Mission last Tuesday.

His son Abraham, a lecturer at Masvingo Polytechnic confirmed the death to The Mirror.

Muchingami who endured two years in detention from 1978 to 1980 for clothing Zanla combatants, giving them food and defying curfew rules did not get any hero status. Government is currently conferring hero status on little known musicians and ghetto youths for as long as they sing praise to the ruling Zanu PF.

Muchingami served in the Ministry of Education for 44 years until his retirement in 2005.

He joined the education sector in 1961 and briefly stopped when he was arrested by the Smith regime in 1978. He rejoined the Ministry at Independence and continued in service until his retirement.

He began his teaching career at Bondolfi Primary School in 1961 and headed several schools including Dare and Sadzangwena schools in Chivi and Runesu primary in Mwenezi.

Muchingami was born in Masvingo in 1940 and attended Gokomore primary and secondary schools before enrolling at St Anthony in Zaka for a certificate in education.

He also taught at several primary schools including Mashamba in Chirumhanzu, Chibaya and Muchenurwa in Masvingo.
He is survived by his wife Margaret, seven children 13 grandchildren and a great grandchild.

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