Universities lecturers’ association leader Mubika dies

Matthew Takaona

Chinhoyi – Augustine Kudakwashe Mubika (Musoni), a former principal of several training centres around the country, a trade unionist, a university lecturer and a former Zanla combatant has died.

Mubika died at Chinhoyi General Hospital yesterday aged 69.

His young brother Wilson Seremani confirmed the death to The Mirror and said burial will take place at Lonelow Farm, Mutorashanga in Zvimba at 2pm tomorrow.

Mubika suddenly fell ill on Saturday with a suspected prostrate problem and breathed his last at 5pm yesterday.

He was at the time of his death a senior lecturer at the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) Mash West Region.

ZOU Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Henry Gundani described Mubika’s death as a blow to ZOU, the academic family of all State universities and the generality of their workers.

“Mubika was very active and participated as the president of the Zimbabwe Open University Academic Association. He was one of the top leaders of the University Workers’ Association. He was bold and courageous and his contribution to ZOU, academic lecturers and State universities’ workers welfare in general was immense,” said Prof Gundani.

The hero status of Mubika who was one of the top leaders of the war veterans association is not yet known ahead of his burial tomorrow.

Mubika was born on August 28, 1952 at Musoni Farm in Nyazvidzi Gutu. He attended Mutunduru Primary School and left the country for Mozambique in 1976 when he was working for Lever Brothers in Harare.

As a Zanla combatant he operated both inside and outside the country and he was in countries like Kenya and Russia on party business and on one of the assignments in Russia he was with the likes of the current Minister of Local Government July Moyo.
At Independence Mubika joined the Public Service Commission and embarked on a study programme that saw him obtaining a Bachelor of Education Degree. He later obtained a Masters from the same university and this saw him being appointed principal of Koveni Training Center and he moved to bigger institutions in the same position and was at Rowa in Zimunya, Domboshawa near Harare until he headed Chinhoyi Training Center.

He joined ZOU as a temporary full time lecturer in the education department in 2001 and became a full time lecturer in 2004. He was appointed senior lecturer in July 2012 and retired at the age of 65 in 2017. He was appointed a lecturer on post-retirement basis in 2018 and remained in that position until his death.

His cousin Ropafadzo Zvouno Rukambiro described Mubika as a leader, a philanthropist and a unifier of the family.

“My brother Kuda lived his life for others. He was kind, empathetic generous and very humble. He united the family and he is the man we looked up to for guidance following the recent death of our uncle Chrispa Musoni. His death shocked us, it was so sudden. We never heard that he was ill,” said Ropafadzo. https://masvingomirror.com

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