My thanks – part 2 – host in Harare, and many friends old and new

Where to begin? Well after the extraordinary events at Pakati, I then stayed in Harare and around. My principal host in Harare was Donna, in Marlborough, where the computers had been delivered to and stored. She lives with her two boys, TJ and Kuku. As with Bothwell in the previous post, they were wonderful hosts. I cannot thank them enough for their hospitality under the challenging circumstances.

Donna with the author

The next few pictures are concentrated on the Secondary school at Pakati….

With Mr Chifaka, Head of Pakati Secondary school
With Mrs Pindura, Deputy Head
With Mr Magabaza
With Mrs Munatswa
With Mr Nehanda, school clerk
With Mrs Mwaashidzana
With Mr Chizenya
With Mr Mutyavaviri
Mrs Katonha
With Mr Katonha

The next few photos show some of the other people I have met, either old friends or new.

Honourable Jonah Sewera, MP for Murewa West, his Brother-in-law, Mrs Sewera and the author
With Alderman Israel Maliki, councillor for Murewa Ward 14
Bothwell, plus Holly and Vari from Vatonatsa Foundation (also Holly’s Granddaughter), and the author
With Stayce Chadenga, Form 1 student at Pakati Secondary school – daughter
of my former student Elliot Munyaradzi Chadenga
With Lorraine Mapuranga, former student of mine and contributor
to this blog, as is Bothwell Riside
Lorraine, Keith, Michelle, the Author, Esther, Admire, Pamela
With Mr Masawi
Talking with Thomas Gombera, first time I have seen him in over 25 years

There were so many more people I met, but the Njenje family greeted me on arrival near the school signboard….but then I am one of them after all.

With the Njenje family


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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