Headmaster who was involved in accident chasing after truant pupils dies


HE headmaster of St Mathias Tsonzo High School in Mutasa district, who was recently seriously injured when he was involved in an accident during a high-speed chase of two unidentified men, has died.

James Mwonzora, who was a brother of MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, died yesterday at a private Harare hospital.

Mwonzora, who was 56, sustained serious injuries on March 6 when his car overturned while chasing after two vehicles which had picked up two boarder school girls at midnight without the school’s authority.

The tragedy had already claimed the life of a school guard, Uzler Nenohwe (24), who died on the spot, while another guard, Greatness Mkwindidza, survived with minor injuries when the Toyota Hilux driven by Mwonzora veered off the road and plunged into a ditch.

Two unidentified men had come to pick up the two female students in the dead of the night and their intentions and identities have remained a puzzle.

On realising the misdemeanour, the headmaster teamed up with security guards to chase after the speeding vehicles, but Mwonzora lost control of his truck at the 41km peg along the Mutare-Nyanga road when he tried to overtake one of the vehicles.

He was rushed to Mutare Provincial Hospital before he was airlifted to Harare
Mutasa Central MP Trevor Saruwaka confirmed the death, saying they had lost a headmaster who was regarded in high esteem in the community.

“He was such a fine man, a giant both in stature (and) in his works where he left an indelible impact on the St Mathias, Watsomba community, specifically Mutasa district and Manicaland at large in general,” Saruwaka said.

“Whatever he touched turned into gold, he arrived at a barely recognised school at district level and left it being counted among the most sought-after schools in the province and in the country.”

Mutasa district education officer Zachariah Chikwangwani said they had lost a dilligent headmaster.

“He was a hardworking man. We are very sad about what happened. Since he came, he had improved the pass rate of our children. We are going to miss him greatly,” Chikwangwani said.

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