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Dr. Karikoga Kaseke The Former ZTA CEO’S Funeral Set for Thursday

The late Dr. Karikoga Kaseke, affectionately known as KK, former Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), will be laid to rest on Thursday in Mhondoro.

Dr. Karikoga Kaseke, a former army officer who also served as Permanent Secretary for Transport and Infrastructural Development, as well as CEO for the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, passed away last Thursday after battling illness since suffering a stroke attack in 2018.

Funeral proceedings will commence today at 4 pm with a service and body retrieval at Doves Funeral Parlour in Harare. The body will then lie in state at the residence in Highlands, 38 Boscobel Drive, before departing to Mhondoro on Wednesday, March 6.

The burial ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 2 pm in Mhondoro, within Chivero Matienga Village.

President Mnangagwa granted a State-assisted funeral to honor Dr. Karikoga Kaseke’s legacy.

The passing of Dr. Kaseke has led Zimbabwe and the global community to reflect on his significant contributions during his distinguished service.

Born on June 16, 1962, at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital in Harare, Dr. Kaseke’s journey was marked by academic excellence and notable roles in Zimbabwe’s military, transportation, aviation, and tourism sectors.

Despite joining the liberation war in 1978, Dr. Kaseke resumed his studies and obtained degrees in administration, business, strategy, and tourism, showcasing his brilliance and dedication.

His family described him as a generous and kind-hearted individual, often likened to a local “Mother Theresa,” for his unwavering support within his community.

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Dr. Kaseke’s leadership extended from the military to the transportation and aviation sectors, where he made significant advancements in airport infrastructure as CEO of the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe.

However, it was during his tenure as CEO of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority from 2003 to 2018 that Dr. Kaseke left an indelible mark on Zimbabwe’s tourism landscape. He spearheaded various initiatives, including hosting the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in 2013 and revitalizing the Zimbabwe International Carnival.

His loyalty to the ruling party, Zanu-PF, reflected his commitment to Zimbabwe and its people, leaving behind a legacy of bravery, generosity, and dedication to national development.

As mourners gather at 38 Boscobel Drive in Highlands, Harare, the family has assured that details of burial arrangements will be communicated in due course.

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