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    Veteran Gov administrator Chakauya calls it a day

     Cleret Chivaraidzo Chakauya

    ELIZABETH MASHIRI
    ASSISTANT EDITOR

    GWERU-
    One of the longest serving civil servants in the Midlands Province, Cleret Chivaraidzo Chakauya nee Gumbochuma has called it a day.
    Chakauya held a colourful party recently at Bradley Gardens, Coolmoreen in Gweru where she bade farewell to her colleagues in the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment who applauded her working relationship with others for the past 39 years she was in Government.
    They said Chakauya was a role model in the Ministry, dedicated and result oriented.
    At the farewell party she urged her colleagues to further their education in order to be relevant all the time in the Ministry and contribute positively to the development of the Province and the nation at large.
    “I am happy that l am retiring now after reaching my retirement age and loyally serving the Government for such a long time.
    “I advise you that you work very hard with your own hands, have self-discipline and above all fear God,” said Chakauya.
    Chakauya was born in 1953 to the Gumbochumas where she is the fourth born in a family of 10, two boys and eight girls and is from Takavarasha in Chivi.
    Since her father was a headmaster and the mother a teacher she attended several schools as the parents were transferred frequently.
    For her primary education she went to Chisenga, Zifunze and Takavarasha before enrolling at Chibi Mission for Standard 6 and secondary education.
    In 1974 she went to the University of Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) for a Bachelor of Administration Degree until 1976 whereupon she joined the Ministry of Local Government in the Department of Women’s Affairs.
    From 1981 until 1989 she was a community development officer in the then Ministry of Community Development and Women Affairs and at one time worked in Masvingo at Rogerhowman Hall for one year.
    Chakauya was responsible for adult literacy, setting up of district offices and cooperative development.
    In 1989 she joined the Ministry of Political Affairs in Harare as an under-secretary responsible for the smooth administration and provision of secretariat services mainly to the Politiburo and Central Committee of the ruling party, Zanu PF.
    She was also involved in the implementation of the 1987 Unity Accord resolutions and crafting of the new Zanu PF constitution.
    In 1995 she joined the then Ministry of National Affairs as an under-secretary responsible for promoting community development, cooperatives, youth and women affairs.
    From 2006 she was now under the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Development as a provincial youth officer superintending over 1200 staff members.
    In 2017 Chakauya was promoted to deputy director in the same Ministry responsible for coordinating sports, arts and recreation activities for the Midlands Province.
    During her tenure she spearheaded the refurbishment of one of the biggest sporting facilities in the Province at Chaplin High School, in Shurugwi she manged to oversee the construction of recreation facilities in the mining town and establishment of a vocational training centre in all the districts.
    Chakauya is also an advisor to three community ownership scheme boards, Zvishavane where over 42 schools were electrified and refurnished and three clinics built, Tongogara where two clinics, three schools were built, 32 schools electrified and drilling of a borehole in each ward in the district and Mberengwa where a big office block has been built.
    She is also a board member for Kaguvi Training Centre Board, Provincial Aids Committee, Midlands Development Committee and Provincial Lands Committee and before it wound up the Child Survival and Development Foundation.
    Chakauya is a devout Christian and attends Reformed Church in Zimbabwe and she now wants to get into full time cattle ranching, goat farming and cash crop production at her farm in Lower Gweru.
    At her Daylesford Plot she is rearing chicken and currently there are over 7000 birds ready for slaughter.
    Chakauya is a widow to Zephinati Chakauya who was the director of housing in the City of Gweru and they are blessed with four children and 12 grandchildren.
    She likes traditional food.
     

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