MBERENGWA – One of the most famous businessmen in Mberengwa and a member of the Mposi-Lemba royal family, Sheperd Tseisi is no more.
Tseisi who is popularly known as 'Chief' because he was an heir to the Lemba chieftainship was swept away by the flooded Mwenezi River when a canoe made from a tree bark which he boarded to cross from Chegato to Jeka Business Centre capsized as the tides rose.
The incident happened at 1pm on Saturday after the heavy floods had destroyed and swept away the Jeka - Tandavarai Bridge. Tseisi was swept away in the full view of villagers who were gathered on either side of the river.
As a businessman who had a shop at Jeka, Tseisi got into a canoe in order to cross the river and check the damage reported at his shop there. The canoe he boarded overturned midway across and he drowned while two other men who owned the canoe swarm to safety.
His body was found four hours later at a point five kilometres downstream.
Chief Potsai Mposi who is brother to Tseisi confirmed the tragic incident. Midlands Provincial Police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko said they were yet to receive the report.
Tseisi had excellent public relations and as a result he was a loved man in Mberengwa District. He was employed as a registry officer at the birth certificates section at Mberengwa but was dismissed in 2002 after being accused of being sympathetic to the MDC T.
After his dismissal he started taking pictures and became a reputable photographer and then a successful businessman. He had wide social interactions and he was elected deputy secretary for Information and Publicity for the Lemba Cultural Association (LCA) and Information and Publicity secretary for Mposi Old Students Association.
LCA chairman Doctor Takavafira Zhou described Tseisi's death as a great loss to Mberengwa and the nation at large.
"We have been robbed of a brilliant man with a bright vision for the development of Mberengwa. You fought a worthy battle muzukuru and we will forever miss you. Go well Kwendakwenda Chamakofa, Mposi wamiseve, N'an'a, Musoni, Mwenye wangu Sadiki, Dumghwi raMposi. You have fought many battles to their logical conclusion, and your vision for the development of Mberengwa will be pursued without flinching, and so likewise will your quest for democratic change and egalitarianism," said a statement from Dr Zhou.
"It is a double disaster, losing a brother and the bridge at the same time. Villagers were at the site to witness the destruction of Jeka bridge by the floods and that is when Tseisi decided to cross through the aid of some villagers who were using a tree bark canoe. When they were midway the canoe was hit by a wave, the other two men managed to swim but he drowned and his body was swept downstream," said chief Mposi.
Tseisi is survived by a wife who is a teacher at Chegato High School, two daughters and a son. He was be buried at the royal family cemetery near Chegato Mission.local news