FORMER Matabeleland North governor Retired Major General Jevan Maseko has died.
REPORT BY KHULANI NKABINDE
He was 70.
Maseko died at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo yesterday morning due to diabetes and kidney failure.
Family spokesperson Amon De Klerk yesterday said: “He has been sick for about two decades now. I got a call yesterday morning informing me that he was not feeling well and was admitted at Mater Dei Hospital, only to receive another phone call a few minutes later that he had passed on. We are saddened as a family. Such is the nature of life.”
His son, Gugulethu Maseko, said he was devastated by his father’s death.
“I cannot believe that he is gone. He will be dearly missed. He was always jovial even when he was not feeling well. He passed on at a time when he was working on building structures at his farm in Umguza,” Gugulethu said.
Maseko was born on January 1, 1943 at Clemont Plots on the outskirts of Bulawayo.
He attended several schools among them Nsukamini, Mzilikazi and Hope Fountain Secondary School where he studied carpentry.
He worked for a number of companies in Bulawayo as a carpenter.
He joined the liberation struggle in the 1970s, and upon returning to the country in 1980, he was integrated into the army becoming Major General.
He was later posted as Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Algeria, Russia and Cuba, before retiring from government in 2009.
He is survived by two children.
Mourners are gathered at number 21 Kildre Road, Hillside.
Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.