By Lloyd Mwale
One of Kadoma’s finest educationists, Dr Nyika Alfred Gundu has been laid to rest Kadoma Cemetery in Kadoma, he was 73.
Dr Gundu died on Monday, at a local hospital and was duly declared a provincial hero after a sterling career in education, where he rose from being a teacher to become Sanyati District Education Officer.
The late educationalist career in education started in 1966 when trained at Mutare Teachers’ College and was later posted to Sanyati Baptist Mission where he rose to become the school head.
While at Sanyati Mission, Dr Gundu enrolled at the University of Zimbabwe for an Honour’s degree and later for a Master of Education (MED) (EAPPS). In 1993 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Antioch College (USA).
Mashonaland West Resident Minister, Mary Mliswa-Chikoka described the late Dr Gundu as an educationalist par excellence. In her graveside speech, read on her behalf by Sanyati District Assistant District Administrator Jason Muringayi, she said that the late Doctor Gundu’s track record in education was par excellent and worth emulating.
“The late Dr Gundu has left an indelible mark in the education sector which must be emulated by those in the education sector. He was a man who worked had to be what he was, starting from 1966 up to 2012 when he left the civil service.
“The country has lost a man who liked to see the country’s education rise to greater heights, “said Mliswa-Chikoka.
Former student and current Sanyati Mission Head Pearson Wasarirevhu described the late Dr Gundu as a strict disciplinarian and he is credited of being the architect of what the school is roday.
“I am privileged to have worked with the late doctor when I was a student at Sanyati. When I returned as a teacher to the same school, a learnt a lot from him as he was a strict man and instilled discipline in all of us,” Wasarirevhu said.
“Dr Gundu is credited with moulding the school from a range of mere rural school to one of the best boarding schools in the district. We have lost a great leader. “
A family spokesperson, Diana Dorothy Marezva (nee Gundu) described Dr Gundu as a devout Christian and a hard worker up to his death.
“My father was a devout Christian and always emphasised hard work. We have lost our pillar, “said Diana Marezva, Dr Gundu first daughter.