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    Veteran Bikita educationist Chikasha killed in head-on accident


    BIKITA – Joel Chikasha (44), a veteran Shona teacher, chairman of the Shona Curriculum Association in Bikita and a board member of Masvingo Teacher Savings and Credit Co-operative Services (MTSACCOS) has died.
    He was killed in a fatal accident at Nyika Growth Point on Thursday evening last week. Chikasha who was the Shona head of department at Gwindingi High School and a businessman at the growth point died on the way to Silveira Mission Hospital after his Mazda Bongo was hit head-on by a Toyota Hilux that allegedly belonged to Christian Care.
    Thandeka Rutunga, relative who was a passenger in Chikasha's car was thrown out threw the windscreen initially slipped into a comma and is now recovering.
    Chikasha who ran a grocery shop, a canteen and was constructing a business complex at the growth point was buried at Farm number 48 in Munjanganja Small Scale Farming in Gutu  under Chief Magombedze on Sunday.
    Hundreds of people turned up to give farewell to a respected Shona examiner.
    Speaking at the funeral, Bikita District Schools Inspector Zecharia Makopa who was represented by Chioneso Maradza said Chikasha's death had robbed the education sector especially Bikita District of a cog that would be difficult to replace.
    "We in the Ministry are deeply saddened by the death of one of our pillars especially in Bikita District. The district is indeed crippled with the sudden loss of our member who was a Zimsec Examiner, BSPZ trainer and renowned sports developer. We join the Chikasha family in mourning our hero. Bikita District achieved an incredible 69% pass rate in Shona because of the immense contribution by the deceased who chaired the Shona Curriculum Association in the district," Maradza said.
    Efforts to get comment from Gwindingwi School head were fruitless up to the time of going to Press.
    Family spokesperson Sam Chikasha described Chikasha as a man of integrity, honest, ever joyful and as a family comedian.
    "We are shattered by the loss of my brother. It is not just me but the whole family. We have lost a comedian who put a smile on everyone's face. I don't think we will ever get anyone to feel in his shoes. Most of us work outside the country and for everything we wanted to do here we entrusted Joe. He was an honest man, a man of integrity," said Sam who a brother to the deceased.
    Chikasha trained at Hillside Teachers' College 24 years ago. Among the mourners were high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, ZIMTA, BSPZ, MTSACCOS, Bikita Rural District Council represented by its Chief Executive Officer Peter Chibi, M&H Educational Supplies director Alex Mashamhanda, Mutual Construction operations director Ransom Nherera, Bikita District business community, Zimsec, Chief Magombedze and Gwindingwi High School teachers and students.
    Chikasha attended primary education at Kapota, went to Zimuto High School and Chibi High School for  secondary education. He then went to Hillside Teachers' College where he trained as a teacher and later Midlands State University where he attained Bachelor of Education Degree in Shona.
    After graduating at Hillside Teachers College, Chikasha taught at Simbavanhu Secondary and Chirumba High. He then joined Gwindingwi High where he was a Shona head of department until his untimely death.
    He was also a ZIMTA District Chairman.
    Chikasha is survived by his wife Biatha Chikasha and two children Tendai and Tariroyashe.
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    1. Shame may his soul rest in eternal peace.

    2. Shame may his soul rest in eternal peace.


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