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    Sekuru Takaona is no more

    The late Sekuru Augustine Tsikirai Takaona.

    HARARE - Sekuru Augustine Tsikirai Takaona, the father of veteran journalist and Mirror consultant Matthew Takaona is no more.
    Sekuru Takaona passed on in Harare at around 1am on Monday (20 May 2019) after battling prostate cancer for several years. He was 85 years old.
    Sekuru Takaona was a prominent agricultural extension worker who worked in various parts of Masvingo including Nyazvidzi Small Scale Farms, Soti Source Resettlement Area and Mazuru in Gutu. He was also an agricultural extension supervisor in Chivi.
    Sekuru Takaona also ran some retail businesses and was a farmer running a farm in Nyazvidzi.
    He was laid to rest at his farm in Nyazvidzi yesterday (Wednesday) where hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered to pay their last respects with the Mass led by Masvingo Diocese Bishop Michael Bhasera.
    A family spokesperson, Noah Takaona described the late as a man of boundless love and kindness and a devout Christian who was a member of the Catholic Church. He was a man with a strong appetite for justice but would keep his distance from any direct involvement in politics.
    Noah Takaona said his contribution to the liberation struggle was immense and the risk to his life was dire. He was a courier of clothes and goods for the liberation war fighters in Gutu and he would ride a bicycle for more than 100km from Masvingo to Gutu to deliver clothes and shoes for Zanla combatants during the war of liberation between 1978 and 1979.
    He was also the chairman of Mauzhe Branch during the war.
    “He is one of the many faceless heroes of the war. He rode his bicycle alone at night. He was a lone unarmed ranger who faced the hazards of the war alone,” said Noah Takaona.
    Sekuru Takaona was born in the Chiguhune area of Gutu and his family had to move to  Chief Chimombe’s area in Buhera during the time of the Land Aportionment Act. He went to school there and completed his studies as an Agricultural Extension Supervisor in 1960 at Waddilove. He started working in Gutu in 1961.
    He is survived by his wife Henerica Raviro Gono, five children Matthew, Virginia (twins); Martin, Theresa and Sofia and several grandchildren.
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