Ambassador Mothobi burial set for Tuesday

Source: Ambassador Mothobi burial set for Tuesday | Sunday Mail (Local News)

Africa Moyo

Ambassador Buzwani Donald Mothobi, who died at his Harare home on Wednesday following a protracted battle with cancer, is set to be buried in Bulawayo on Tuesday.

He was 79.

Procurement Authority of Zimbabwe (Praz) CEO Nyasha Chizu told The Sunday Mail yesterday that Ambassador Mothobi would be buried at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo on Tuesday.

“We will travel to Bulawayo on Monday (tomorrow). In Bulawayo, mourners will gather at Domba Castle in Malindela.

“A church service will be held in Bulawayo on Tuesday, March 5, at Njube Church at 8.30am, followed by burial at 11am at Lady Stanley Cemetery,” said Mr Chizu, who worked with the late Ambassador Mothobi during his time as Praz deputy board chairperson.

The late diplomat was born in Nyamandlovu district on August 22 1939.

He held several top posts in both the private and public sector.

Before independence, between 1976 and 1977, he lectured in the department of political science at the then University of Rhodesia (now University of Zimbabwe).

In 1980, he became director (Research and Planning) in the Ministry of Manpower Planning and Development before he was subsequently engaged as deputy secretary for vocational and technical training (1980-1982) in the same ministry.

Thereafter, he was permanent secretary for Transport (1982-1984).

However, between 1984 and 1985, he rejoined the Ministry for Labour, Manpower Planning and Social Welfare as permanent secretary.

He then worked as permanent secretary for National Supplies in 1987.

His career in the diplomatic service began in 1994 when he had a four-year stint as Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Japan and Republic of Korea,.

He became High Commissioner to Kenya and Uganda between 1998 and 2001. During his time in Kenya, he was also permanent representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Commission on Human Settlements/Habitat in that country.

He  resigned from his position as Praz deputy chairperson in September last year. He is survived by his wife and three children.