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    First Mwenezi graduate dies


    NESHURO - Zephaniah Ruzwidzo Matchaba-Hove who is billed as the first degreed graduate from Mwenezi, a remote and marginalized district of Zimbabwe has died.
    Hove who was the father of prominent human rights defender Dr Reginald who is also a former MP for Mwenezi.
    The late Matchaba-Hove died at Claybank Hospital in Gweru on January 1, 2017, at the age of 85. Burial is expected to take place today (Thursday) at his rural home in Matibi, Mwenezi.
    His eldest son Reginald confirmed the death in a telephone interview with The Mirror.
    A great educationist, Matchaba-Hove was born 1931 in Mwenezi.
    He did his primary education at Mnene and Gomututu primary schools in Mberengwa and Goromonzi High School for secondary.
    He then studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree with the University of South Africa from 1957 to 1959 and did a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with the University of London while based at the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1960.
    Matchaba-Hove taught at many schools including Chegato Secondary School in Mberengwa, Chivi Secondary, Mucheke Secondary in Masvingo, Ascot Secondary and Fletcher High in Gweru. He rose to the rank of Deputy Headmaster of Mucheke and then head of Mabvuku Secondary in Harare.
    After Independence, Matchaba-Hove was promoted to Chief Education Officer for Curriculum Development in Harare Province and promoted to the Deputy Education Secretary.
    He taught many prominent people including Professor Ngwabi Bhebhe who is the founding Vice Chancellor of the Midlands State University and Professor Phineas Makhurane the founding Vice Chancellor of the National University of Science and Technology and the late Cabinet Minister Witness Mangwende.
    Matchaba-Hove served as secretary for the Rhodesia African Teachers Association (RATA) during the time the late national hero Cephas Msipa was its president.
    He was elected MP for Mwenezi from 1990- 2000 and during his term in Parliament, he was the deputy chairman for communication portfolio committee.
    Matchaba-Hove is survived by six children and many grandchildren.
    He died from liver cancer.local news
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