HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has described the death of Dr Kumbirai Mubwandarikwa a great loss to the nation .
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Dr Mubwandarikwa was 78. He succumbed to cancer on Sunday at his Borrowdale Home.
The Health Minister reminisced numerous interactions with the Late.
“He was a person who offered a lot of advice Kumbirai contributed a lot to Zimbabwe’s healthcare system,” he said.
“Doctor Mubwandarikwa was a God Given to Zimbabwe. Its not just us who are in this room. There are not just thousands but millions of others in Zimbabwe. There are a millions of lives that he saved. He saved so many lives. Uncountable numbers. His name echoes all over Zimbabwe. The good sounds of his works echo all over Zimbabwe. Everybody respected him. There is nothing as good as being respected by those you look after.”
He also said, “If it wasn’t for the burial site being outside Harare, there would be many people bidding him farewell. He was a physician. Senior physician. Physician extraordinary. I want you to remember him that way.”
Speaker after speaker spoke glowingly of the Late Dr Mubwandarikwa describing him as a humble man.
“You have all spoken of how humble he is but he was more than just humble. He was a supporting husband as evidenced by him encouraging me to pursue the pastoral work which I so much yearned,” said his wife Ndakarwira Magodora.
Dr Mubwandarikwa’s daughter Stella said her father was a loving person who loved shopping.
“He would collect those stickers which earned him several cutlery and pots. He collected these for my mother. I remember one day when I visited them and took some pots with me,” she said.
Dr Mubwandarikwa was a member of the Zimbabwe Medical Association. He will be buried today in Chivhu his home town.
Mubwandarikwa, who was born in Zvavahera village in Gutu, attended Zvavahera Primary School from 1950 to 1957, Zimuto Secondary School from 1958 to 1959,
Inyathi Secondary School from 1960 to 1962 and Goromonzi Secondary School from 1962 to 1963.
After graduating, his worked at Harare Central Hospital, then Kwekwe Hospital.
Mubwandarikwa also furthered his studies in the United Kingdom and then returned to Zimbabwe shortly after independence, where he worked for the government
until he retired in 2006.
He continued working at his private practice until March 2019 when he stopped due to ill health.
Mubwandarikwa is survived by his wife and four children — Stella, Tariro, Joram, and Steven — as well as seven grandchildren.