The former Town Clerk of Kariba and Makonde district administrator, Webster Tembo, has reportedly succumbed to COVID-19.
Tembo who retired from active local governance in 2008 died Saturday aged 68.
Kariba Municipality posted a condolence message on its official Facebook page to announce the passing of the retired veteran local government administrator. Said council in the statement:
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His Worship, the Mayor Councillor George Masendu, Councillors, Town Clerk Richard Kamhoti, council management and staff and the Kariba community would like to express their deepest condolences to the Tembo family, relatives and friends on the untimely death of Mr Webster Gupo Tembo, who was the Town Clerk of the Municipality of Kariba from September 2013 to January 2018.
Mr Tembo was a proficient and results-oriented local government administrator who also served on the Local Government Board.
During his tenure as Makonde DA, Tembo at one time acted as Chinhoyi town clerk as the municipality head-hunted for a substantive boss.
Tembo’s death follows the death of another ex-Kariba town clerk, Sevious Godfrey Magombedze (70), who died in the resort town recently, also due to COVID-19.
Magombedze served as the town secretary of the then Kariba Town Council from 1985 and became the first town clerk of the Municipality of Kariba in 1999 following the elevation of the town’s status.
He left the local authority in 2000.
This is happening when a number of government officials have succumbed to COVID-19 in the recent past.