Nyasha Chiwanga’s Sudden Death
Nyasha Chiwanga, a 70-year-old former mining geologist, passed away only seven days after returning from Zimbabwe, where he had laid his wife to rest. His niece, Selina Nyakudita, shared that Chiwanga had planned to gather his UK-based family and spend time together, but now his family is left wondering whether the funeral service was the gathering he had in mind.
New Zimbabwe reports that the Zimbabwe Leeds Community (ZLC) organized a funeral service on Saturday at St Agnes Church in Leeds’ Harehills area with the support of Diaspora Insurance, which provides funeral insurance schemes to diaspora communities across more than African countries.
A Life Remembered
Long-time friend, John Mvududu, remembered his friendship with Nyasha, sharing that they had first met in their 20s in Zimbabwe. Nyasha later moved to the UK where he studied geology.
They would later reunite in Shurugwi, Zimbabwe, when Nyasha was a mining geologist for ZIMASCO and John was a manager with the same company.
Mvududu shared his condolences, saying, “I have lost a great friend and a colleague of my age, a person with whom I could share the same stories and enjoy the same jokes.”
Zimbabwe Leeds Community (ZLC) chairman, Chris Goshomi, commended Chiwanga’s contributions to the community and thanked Diaspora Insurance for their support of the funeral service.
Heartbreaking Loss for Family and Friends
Chiwanga’s family and friends are devastated by the loss of a beloved member of their community. Niece Selina Nyakudita spoke of her uncle’s love for his relatives, saying, “Sekuru loved his relatives; he would always phone or send a text message checking on all of us.”
The funeral service was a solemn send-off attended by dozens of friends, family, and well-wishers who gathered to pay their final respects to Chiwanga.
In Loving Memory
Nyasha Chiwanga will be remembered as a dedicated family member and valued member of the Zimbabwean community in West Yorkshire.
His sudden passing has left a hole in the hearts of his loved ones and community members alike. As John Mvududu said, “God has made his choice and there is nothing we can do; my deepest sympathies to his family.”