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George Charamba's ex-wife dies

by Staff reporter
05 Oct 2021 at 06:33hrs | Views
CHIEF Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda yesterday paid tribute to Dr Rudo Gwata-Charamba, the ex-wife to Deputy Chief Secretary Mr George Charamba, describing her as an unsung heroine who contributed significantly to the literary world.

Dr Gwata-Charamba died on Saturday morning at the Westend Hospital.

She was 57 and is survived by three children.

After visiting the Charamba homestead in Harare's Mandara suburb yesterday, Dr Sibanda, who was accompanied by his deputies; Dr Martin Rushwaya, Rev Paul Damasane, Engineer Amos Marawa and Ambassador Nicholas Kitikiti, said death has been unkind to their counterpart Mr Charamba who recently lost a brother.

"On behalf of the Office of the President and Cabinet, Deputy Chief Secretaries and colleagues in the Office, my family, and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to express our profound condolences to the Gwata and Charamba families, especially to her children who have lost a loving and caring mother.

"Life will not be the same for them without their mother's love which they had taken for granted. May they take comfort from the knowledge that we are here to mourn together the loss of their dear mother, a wonderful God-fearing woman who would gladly share her deep faith in the Almighty with anyone who would care to listen to her.

"I know the Gwata and Charamba families from my acquaintances with both Mr Livingston Gwata and George Charamba. The former was my college mate at the then University of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, and George Charamba, as a workmate in the Office of President and Cabinet from 1996. Inevitably, I got to know Dr Rudo Gwata-Charamba during her married life to George Charamba. It was then that I developed a keen interest and began to follow research papers and other literary works by the late Dr Rudo," said the Chief Secretary.

He said Dr Gwata-Charamba's works will always be remembered as she immensely contributed to the academic world through her writings, especially on leadership, governance and gender issues.

"I dare say she will be best remembered for her passionate writings and presentations on Results-Based Management. Her regular column contributions in The Herald were very riveting and thought-provoking. They were a good weekend reading and many of her followers are going to miss her sorely.

"May I once again take this opportunity to express the pain in our hearts and the grief we share with both families, the Gwatas and Charambas, following the passing on of this great woman, an unsung heroine who was a great communicator and opinion driver through her writings and research-related development projects," he said.

Mr Charamba said his separation with the mother of his three children did not signal the end of their bond as parents.

He said the kidney problem from which Dr Gwata-Charamba succumbed was diagnosed late.

"We had thought that we would bury her tomorrow (today), but now we will bury her on Wednesday in the afternoon. She will be buried at Glen Forest.

"Although we had separated, we remained close because I said to myself I will always have respect for the womb that gave birth to my children," he said.

Source - The Herald