Professor Kahari dies at the age of 92

By ZBC Reporter

RENOWNED academic, nationalist and former Zimbabwean Ambassador to Germany, Professor George Kahari has died. He was 91.

Professor Kahari died early this morning from COVID-19 related complications. 

Daughter to the late Professor Kahari, Patricia Kambarami confirmed the sad development, which came just three days after her father celebrated his 91st birthday.

Born in 1930 in Bindura, Professor Kahari attended various schools including Dadaya Mission in Zvishavane before obtaining a higher certificate in Sociology in 1951 and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Administration and Shona.

He became active in nationalist politics in 1958 when he joined the African National Congress (ANC) before moving to ZAPU, where he was elected Central Committee member and Deputy Publicity Secretary in 1975.

He was then appointed as a member of the ZAPU delegation to the Geneva conference in 1976.

In the academic circles, Professor Kahari taught at various schools and colleges including the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, as well as the University of Zimbabwe.

He has over 10 publications to his name, among them: The Odyssey of Shona Narratives, A Standard Dictionary of Shona-English Names, and The Search for Identity and Ufuru. 

As a diplomat, Professor Kahari served as Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Germany, Italy and the then Czechoslovakia.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Likwambe and five children.