Zanu PF has joined the nation in morning NUST’s founding Vice Chancellor, Professor Phineas Makhurane, describing him as a jewel of humanity.

Professor Makhurane sucumbed to diabetes at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo yesterday, plunging the academic fraternity into morning.

Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said the death of Professor Makhurane is a blow not only to his family but the nation as a whole.

“He comes from my province, Matabeleland South Province but he was a son of Zimbabwe, and the nation has become poorer in his absence. Professor Makhurane was someone with a solid personality, [he was] an accomplished academic giant, a man of purpose, with impressive intellectual skills,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.

“He was of un-assuming standing and of enviable humility and those who knew him well can testify of his contribution to the nation, which was not only immense but immeasurable. He was a jewel of humanity and his attributes will remain a lasting legacy for generations to come,” he added.

Zanu PF Spokesman for Bulawayo Province, Cde Christopher Sibanda said the death of Makhurane has left a huge void in the education sector as he was a consultant on issues to do with education from policy issues to the curriculum and his appreciation of quality education was of great benefit to the country.

Cde Sibanda said apart from being a decorated educationist, Makhurane was a part of the liberation struggle as a ZAPU member who continued to assist the party by educating young freedom fighters in Zambia while he was working at the University of Zambia.

“Even after independence, Professor Makhurane continued advising the party on education policies and was a national asset who is respected for his good work,” added Cde Ndlovu.

Mourners are gathered at number 3 Marion Road in four winds suburb in Bulawayo.

He is survived by wife, Lydia, a daughter and three sons.