The late Mutare City Council town Clerk, Joshua Maligwa who died on Tuesday has been buried at his rural home in Osborne.
Maligwa succumbed to Covid-19 at the age of 49. He has been described as a visionary leader who worked tirelessly to transform the local authority.
Chief Director Urban Local Authorities in the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, Erica Jones said Maligwa was an icon in the local government sector.
“Wherever he went he cleaned up. He inherited Rusape when it was almost a right-off and in a very short time turned it into a vibrant council that was winning awards in the areas of governance and service delivery. He joined the Mutare Council and by sheer force of his dynamic nature. He started turning things around,” she said.
Mutare Mayor, Councillor Blessing Tandi described Maligwa as a hard worker who stood for what was right and fought corruption.
“He was dedicated to his work, he was a workaholic and had a vision to grow our city. One other thing I liked about him was that he fought corruption which made him unpopular with some people,” said the Mayor.
Other colleagues described him as a professional who was dedicated to duty.
Maligwa joined the Mutare City Council three years ago having served in other local authorities, including Harare and Rusape.
He is survived by his wife Monica and four children.