Manicaland mourns death of Zanu-pf longest serving member

Fungayi Munyoro

MUTARE-Manicaland is mourning the death of Zanu-PF provincial secretary for administration Kenneth Saruchera who succumbed to cardiac arrest on July 16 last week.

He was 70. He was buried at Mutare provincial heroes’ acre on Tuesday.

He was the party’s longest serving secretary for administration and Zimbabwe Open University Manicaland campus’ first Regional Director.

Saruchera was born on January 8, 1951 in Nyanga in a family of eight where he was the only male child.

He was a holder of a certificate and a Bachelor’s degree in Education with the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). He also held a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Policy Planning with UZ.

He has worked as the deputy Mayor for Marondera Town Council and City of Mutare.

In Manicaland, he was Zanu-pf district secretary for Nyamauru and Dangamvura before rising to provincial deputy treasurer. He was also provincial secretary for publicity and information for 10 years before becoming provincial secretary for administration.

He was described by many as a father and respected figure who worked tirelessly for the development of the province.

Zanu-PF provincial chairperson Mike Madiro said Saruchera worked hard to unite political players in the province.

“Saruchera is a hero. He worked very hard before and after independence. He was the longest serving Secretary for administration for the period spanning from independence up to his demise. He was a unifier who united the province,” said Ndoro.

Saruchera sat on various boards including the Zimbabwe Open University board where he was a council member. He was the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) vice president for Manicaland Province. He was also on the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe advisory board and was a National Museum and Monuments board of trustees’ member.

Mutasa South (MDC Alliance) MP, Regai Tsunga said the province has lost a highly committed and respected educationist.

“As a constituency, province and country, we have lost a highly committed and respected educationist whose contribution to development in Zimbabwe is immeasurable.

Other people from different sectors including Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries chairman Joseph Mavhu, Marymount Teachers’ College Principal Petty Silitshena and Zimbabwe Open University Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Henry Gundani expressed the loss in the province.

He is survived by wife Tsitsi, three sons Allen, Tafadzwa, John and daughter Evelyn.

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