Makoni Confidant Dies
Simba Sakutukwa (centre in the above photo) has died. He was one of Dr Simba Makoni's most trusted confidants. He passed away on Monday night after a rather short and sudden illness
Harare, Zimbabwe, 10 July 2010
A close confidant and friend of Dr Simba Makoni passed away on Monday night in Harare after a short illness.
Simba Sakutukwa was Head of Logistics during Makoni's campaign for President in 2008 and headed the Administration Cluster of Makoni's party, Mavambo.
He fell ill two about two weeks ago upon his return from Bulawayo where he had gone to set up structures of Mavambo in the company of other party activists.
Sakutukwa was 57 years old and the details of his demise are still coming in.
Dr Makoni issued the following statement on Tuesday:
"Mavambo.Kusile.Dawn (M.K.D) President, Dr Simba Makoni, on behalf of M.K.D and his own behalf would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the Sakutukwa family on the untimely death of a National Steering Committee (NSC) member, Mr Simbarashe Sakutukwa. Mr Sakutukwa passed away on Monday, 07 June 2010 after a short illness.
M.K.D has lost a dedicated cadre, with unwavering commitment and unquestionable loyalty to the Party, whose efforts towards achieving a better Zimbabwe for all will forever be cherished. He was fifty seven (57).
Simba Sakutukwa will also be remembered for being one of the founding fathers of Mavambo.Kusile.Dawn (M.K.D).
He is survived by his wife, Getrude and five (5) children.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.
May his dear departed soul rest in eternal peace."
Sakutukwa will be buried on Sunday at Warren Hills Cemetery in Harare.
His short illness and subsequent death shocked those who were with him in Bulawayo and even Dr Makoni, since the man did not show signs of being ill in the recent past.
Obviously, this will affect Makoni's organisation tremendously since Sakutukwa was one of the two most trusted people within the Party by Makoni. His business skills had been brought to bear on Mavambo and he was actively taking part in teh roll-out of structures of the party across Zimbabwe.
It remains to be seen whether we will know what exactly happened to him.