SAD NEWS: Covid-19 kills top government official


MATABELELAND South Provincial Education Director, Lifias Masukume has succumbed to Covid-19.

In an interview yesterday, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education spokesperson, Mr Taungana Ndoro, said Masukume died yesterday morning while admitted to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).

He described Masukume as a hardworker saying his death was a huge loss to the education sector.

“We have learnt with great sadness the passing on of one of our own, Lifias Masukume who was the Provincial Education Director for Matabeleland South Province. Masukume passed on this morning (yesterday) while admitted to UBH after succumbing to Covid-19. His death is a great loss to us because he was a hardworking and dedicated person.

“He was very much concerned with uplifting the education sector not only in the province where he was stationed but throughout the country.

“He carried out his work with great passion and dedication,” said Mr Ndoro.

Matabeleland South Minister for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Abedinico Ncube said Masukume’s death was a great loss to the province.

He said Masukume did a lot to ensure that he improved the education sector in the province, especially in rural areas.

“He was a level headed person and a dedicated worker.

“During his term of office as PED, we saw significant improvements in the education sector within the province such as the improved state of our schools, especially in rural schools.

“He was a visionary and always emphasised that he wanted to improve the state of schools, mostly in the rural areas,” he said.

— Chronicle

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