THE family of the late Bulawayo City Council town clerk, Middleton Nyoni has described him as loving and devoted husband, family member and community leader.
BY NQOBILE BHEBHE
Nyoni succumbed to colon cancer on Sunday at Michael Gelfand Clinic, Harare
He was 62.
In a statement, his family said Nyoni was first diagnosed with colon cancer in August last year.
“He succumbed to colon cancer which he had battled since August 2014 when it was first detected.
“From September 2014 to April 2015, Nyoni was on sick leave and he received medical attention in lndia resulting in an improvement in his health.
“Nyoni was then able to resume his duties in May 2015 and upon returning to work he diligently discharged his duties till the recent recurrence of his illness at the beginning of September 2015,” the family said.
Nyoni was initially admitted at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo and then sought specialist treatment in Harare where he died.
“Nyoni was a loving and devoted husband, father, family member and community leader who will be missed by family, friends and colleagues.”
Nyoni joined council in 1983 as a section accounting officer.
He held various positions, including being principal accountant, assistant city treasurer, deputy city treasurer and city treasurer.
Nyoni was appointed town clerk on May 6, 2009, taking over from Stanley Donga, who died in 2007.
That was after the local authority had gone for three years without a substantive town clerk due to failure by the Local Government Board to approve a candidate from the submitted list.
After Donga’s death, government appointed Bulawayo provincial administrator, Khonzani Ncube as acting town clerk, a move that caused friction among councillors, who argued the Urban Councils Act stipulates that the chamber secretary should be seconded to the post in the absence of the incumbent.
Meanwhile, council staff and councillors yesterday visited Nyoni’s residence to pay their last respects.
Mourners are gathered at number 1 lnglewood Road, Woodlands. Burial arrangments are yet to be announced.