CHIREDZI – At around 1am yesterday, the humble and affable Chiredzi Town Secretary Charles Muchatukwa (57) breathed his last.
Muchatukwa who served the local authority for 15 years died at PSMAS Hospital where he was admitted from Monday. He was taken in after complaining of stomach ulcers. He however had a long battle with diabetes and high blood pressure.
His death left the small lowveld town in a state of grief.
Town Chairman Gibson Hwende said Muchatukwa was like a father to him.
“I started working with Muchatukwa in 2013 when I was ward 1 councillor and I have known him as a loving person. He was hardworking, very instrumental in the development of the town. He was also gifted in conflict management,
“His death came at a time when his concerted efforts were now bearing fruits. The council was now on a transformative trajectory as evidenced by an improved service delivery. We have lost a strategist, visionary, trailblazer of development, his achievements will be cherished forever,” said Hwende.
Godfrey Taputsa, the Acting Finance Director said Muchatukwa was a humble man who was easy to work with.
“I have worked with Muchatukwa since 2005 when I was the then chief accountant and I can confirm that he was somebody whom you would enjoy working with, he was not tough,” said Taputsa.
Town Council vice chairman, Ropafadzo Makumire also descibed Muchatukwa as a principled man.
“ I have known him as a principled man since 2018 when I joined the council. His death is heartbreaking, the Lord gave and he has taken away. We have lost a man who was so dear to us,” said Makumire.
Mourners are gathered at 17 Impala drive and a family spokesperson Simbarashe Muchatukwa told The Mirror that the deceased will be buried at his rural home at Mandibaya Village under Chief Makoni in Rusape on Friday.
Simbarashe described the late as a humble and accommodating man. He said that Muchatukwa was the pillar of the family.
“My brother was a very humble and understanding person. We lost a pillar of the family and the whole community,” said Simbarashe.
His cousin Shumba Chikara said the gap that Muchatukwa left will be hard to fill.
Muchatukwa had vast experience in local governance. He joined Chiredzi Town Council as secretary in 2005 after leaving Chegutu Municipality where he was the housing director for 10 years.
He also worked for a number of town councils including Harare City Council before going down to Chiredzi.
Muchatukwa was born in Rusape in 1964 and he did his primary and secondary education in Harare. He joined the University of Zimbabwe for his Bachelor of Social Work degree. He then did a Masters in Business Administration with the same University.
Muchatukwa is survived by his wife Florence and four children namely Faith, Miriam , Kimberly and Charles