MASVINGO RURAL – Veteran educationist and Gokomere Central Primary School deputy head, Christopher Muruvi (62) is no more.
Muruvi collapsed at his farm in Mare under Chief Chikwanda in Masvingo Rural two weeks ago and has been detained at Parirenyatwa Hospital until his death last Friday. He was buried at his farm.
His son Kudzanai Muruvi told The Mirror that his father suffered a ruptured nerve in the head that caused a stroke and was admitted at Makurira Clinic in Masvingo before his transfer to Parirenyatwa.
Hundreds of people from the Roman Catholic Church, including Masvingo Diocese head, Bishop Dixon Bhasera and the newly appointed Bishop for Gokwe Diocese, Monsignor Rudolf Nyandoro attended the funeral. There was also a large turnout from the school heads and officials from the Ministry of Education.
Muruvi was born in 1954. He attended Gokomere Secondary School together with the immediate past head of Gokomere CPS Bernard Baye who was one year ahead of him.
The two were close friends who shared a single room and cooked together when they started teaching at Gokomere CPS. They also went to Bondolfi Teachers' College for teacher training at the same time and Baye became head at CPS when Muruvi was deputy until the former retired from service last year.
Muviti taught at several schools and was a teacher for over 40 years.
Speakers at the funeral described Muruvi as a humble man, loving and incredible father.
Father Richard Pundo who gave a moving sermon at the funeral described Muruvi as a humble hardworking person who did most of the toiling at the school but few noticed because he always worked from the background.
He said the family must take solace in the fact that what takes away a person is not the circumstance or situation but the time of God.
He started teaching in 1977 at Gokomere and left in 1979 at the height of the liberation war. From 1980 to 1989 he taught Maths at Mucheke High and he went back to Gokomere from 1990 to 1993 and left the same year and became head of Mutonhodza Primay up to 1999. He returned to Gokomere the same year where he became deputy head until the time of his death.
Muruvi is survived by his wife Yulita who is a teacher at Gokomere CPS, three children , two boys Kudzanai, Natsai, Tafadzwa ,one girl and five grandchildren.