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    Zimcare Trust head retires


    SAMANTHA MAKHAZA

    MASVINGO - Ishmael Chigumo, the head of Ratidzo Zimcare Trust in Mucheke, Masvingo has called it a day.
    Chigumo who is also a special needs teacher retired in December last year at the age of 64 and a deserved farewell party was held in his honour at Masvingo Sports Club.
    Chigumo is the son of Mangisi and Ronia Chigumo of Gosho Village in Buhera. He attended Gosho and Mukondomi Primary Schools from 1961 to 1968 before proceeding to Makumbe Mission from 1968 to 1972 for his secondary education.
    Chigumo says that it is at Makumbe that he was introduced to the Christian values of the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe and that became the biggest part of his life.
    Chigumo then went to Morgenster Mission for his T3 Teacher Training from 1973 to 1977 and he was deployed to Henry Murray School of the Deaf where he taught until he became the head of the school in 1985.
    It was at Henry Murray that his passion for teaching the deaf was noticed and he enrolled for the Special Education Certificate at                 Monfort College in Malawi between 1980 and 1981. It was during that period that he met and married the love of his life Florence Chigumo.
    Chigumo holds a Diploma from Newcastle Upon-Tyme University in Advanced Educational Studies in Special Needs Education, a Bachelor of Educational Administration with Zimbabwe Open University and a Master Degree in Educational Administration at ZOU.
    The veteran as many call him became the headmaster at Ratidzo in 2008.
    "He was a good leader who led with a passion, it is not everyone who can be so passionate and strong enough to run an institution for special people (deaf), for 23 years he was the head of Henry Murray and we never had problems with him" said a parent who identified herself as Mai Moyo.
    Professor Raphinos Alexander Chabaya who was the Guest of Honour had glowing praises for the man and urged him to continue with his good work even after retiring.
    "As a relative and a friend I urge my brother here not to retire from doing other activities that will keep him busy and make his life as a retiree easy, he should either join politics, start his own school, sell books or try cattle fattening" said Chabaya.
    Tsungirirai Gono the head at Runyararo Primary School represented ZIMTA at the farewell.
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