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    Friday, 13 May 2016

    ‘We have lost a pillar’

    ISAAC MUZENDA, Muzenda and Partners Managing Partner

    A dark cloud enveloped Masvingo on April 30, 2016. Thomas Makausi, Makonese one of the great legal gurus had passed on.
    The large turnout at his funeral, at the church, at home and at the burial at the Green Loan Cemetry bore testimony to the great name that he had created for himself.
    Speakers from all walks of life; professional, friends, family people and members of the community in general testified to his humility, his leader qualities, his philanthropic work, his qualities as a mentor of many young lawyers.
    He was an intelligent man, humble and too simple for a lawyer of such high regard.
    The who is who in Masvingo community and indeed the legal fraternity attended the funeral. There was the Right Reverend Bishop Michael Dickson Bhasera and the Vicar General Walter Nyatsanza and other high profile clergy; Simplisio Chihambakwe, a senior partner in Chihambakwe Makonese & Ncube, the legal firm where Makonese was a partner; J. Mutizwa of Chihambakwe & Mtizwa law firm,  Vimbai Nyemba the Ppesident of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, her vice Chaka Mashoko,  Masvingo Town Clerk, Adolf Guzha, all legal practitioners from Saratoga Makonese Law Chambers, Ndlovu & Hwacha, Shumba & Mutendi, Ruvengo Maboke, Bhunu and Associates, the Legal Resources Foundation and the master of ceremony was Fabion Mabaya.
    The attendance fulfilled my deepest wish after I heard that my brother, a great brother from the same Madyirapashe Clan had passed on. He deserved a rousing send-off and I was elated and grateful that Masvingo and indeed Zimbabwe gave me just that.
    It was a moment to celebrate his wonderful life and I believe Tom smiled in his casket to see such a gathering and eulogies.  Isu vana Madyirapazhe tinokutenda.
    Thomas was a man of principles. He was honest, he was forthright and he would not compromise on professional ethics.
    He detested corruption and would speak against it to whoever and reprimand those under him if found wanting. He was not a politician but would not hesitate to point out where those in power were getting things wrong.
    On a personal level, Thomas was a brother as I said this came from our madyira clan. He taught me a lot of things and I learnt a lot of how to manage a legal firm.  He was not difficult to approach and such advise he was not selective or jealousy about the upcoming lawyers.
    He was punctual for meetings, for court and was a man of his word when it comes to out of court settlements.  What a lawyer!  If Masvingo had at least five of the type of the late Mr. T. Makonese, we would be beating our chests, for he was a proper definition of a learned friend.
    One would never hear Tom bragging about himself in bars, hotels or public places denigrating other attorneys at law or commenting about other lawyers as being useless or vanoperekedza maclients kujeri.  He was not like that, he was ethical in the real sense and for the 22 years I had interacted with him I have not heard a complaint against him.  He was exemplary till death. The truth is that he was a gentleman.  He sat on a number of Boards and non – governmental entities because of his intelligence, wisdom and acumenship.  He excelled very well, Madyirapazhe I salute you.
    He was an eloquent lawyer, he would have time for everyone and was compassionate towards all and sundry, well dressed for each occasion and well mannered.  What an opal, a shining star and a role model to the young professionals.
    Rest in peace Madyira!  You have left a legacy and an indelible mark for in Masvingo.  You travelled throughout the country doing your work and turned into a steward, born to serve and you excelled, you did all that because the Good Lord loved you and blessed you, and he took you away so that people would know how invaluable you had been, hamba kahle uMsipa.
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