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    Prominent Gutu author Charles Makari dies


    WALTER MAFEKING

    GUTU - Renowned Gutu Shona novelist, Charles Samson Makari is no more.
    He was 77.
    Makari died on October 30 at the West End Clinic and was laid to rest at Warren Hills Cemetery in Harare on Wednesday last week. It was initially thought that he would be buried in Gutu.
    Makari died of cerebella stroke after battling the illness for over a month.
    Makari is best known for his novels Sarura Wako (published 1971). He has other Shona novels that all became setbooks for schools and they are Zvaida Kushinga (published 1985) and Magamba  Echimurenga (2003) - a biography of the late Chief Air Marshal and national hero Josiah Tungamirai.
    "Makari died of cerebella stroke. He was ill for the whole month. He died at West End Hospital where he was admitted," said his eldest child Charles Makari.
    Makari was born at Serima Mission Hospital in Gutu and went to the University of Zimbabwe and majored in Psychology, Administration, Education and reading.
    He played a major role in the education sector, where he started as a teacher in 1960.
    He rose from being an Assistant teacher, Education Officer, Headmaster- Harava St Pius primary and was later appointed Deputy Regional Director for Mash West.
    In the year 1991, the late Makari was appointed the Director of National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.
    He also worked as Public Relations officer at the Iranian Embassy.
    The funeral was attended by Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, Epworth MP Zalerah Makari, poet Chirikure Chirikure and Albert Nyathi.
    Makari is survived by his wife Monica nee Tsumba, five children and nine grandchildren.
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