By Farai Matiashe
THE late property mogul Edward Pfugari has been described as a humble, respectful and kind person by various stakeholders and family members.
Born Edward Nyanyiwa, Pfugari collapsed and died at his home in Milton Park in Harare on Sunday.
He was aged 82.
Speaking during a memorial service held at his home in Milton Park yesterday, World Motorcycle founder Angelo Pereira said Pfugari looked so simple as he was always clad in his khaki Guta Ra Jehovha Church uniform.
“My relationship with Pfugari became more than that of business partners. He became my uncle. He was a humble man. I remember in Msasa some businesspeople refused to do business with him after seeing his clothes, fearing he could not be able to pay. I later intervened telling them that it was Eddie the property owner. They were shocked,” he said.
Land surveyor Rayton Muchekereki said Pfugari was an honest man.
“We did so many projects together in Bindura. Many people benefited from his thousands of stands. He was indeed a candid person,” he said.
Chegutu mayor Henry Muchatibaya said Pfugari uplifted the youths in society with his kind of work.
“He did a lot of great and amazing things. In Chegutu, when Chegutu Pirates Football Club was about to be relegated from the first division because of funds, we approached him and he bailed out the team with funding,” he said.
Pfugari’s body will be taken to his rural home in Chiweshe today for burial tomorrow.