THE Grain Marketing Board (GMB) was plunged into deep mourning recently following the loss of its two long service employees with a combined service to the organization of 50 years who died within 24 hours Mr Fidelis Matapure who was a Resident Fitter in Bulawayo and Mr Simbarashe Kainos Gwatiringa who was the Depot Manager for Mhangura died on 25 June and 26 June 2017 respectively.
GMB's Human Resources Manager, Mrs Aquinata Makuvise described the death of the two gentlemen as both saddening and heartbreaking. “Death has robbed us of kind, humble and compassionate men. Fidelis Matapure joined the GMB on the 1st of June 1996 as a Fit and Turner and served the organization for 21 years.
“Meanwhile, Simbabarashe Kainos Gwatiringa joined GMB on 28 August 1989 as a General Hand and rose the ranks to the position of Depot Manager Class 2. He served the organisation for 28 years,” said Mrs Makuvise. Scores of GMB employees dominated by Southern Region staff joined the Matapure family, relatives and friends to bury the departed Fidelis Matapure at Glen Forest Cemetry in Harare on 28 June 2017.
Acting Technical Services Manager, Mr Andrew Mucheuki, who was the supervisor to Matapure said the deceased was a hardworking man. 3 GMB MOURNS The late Mr. Fidelis Matapure, GMB Bulawayo, Resident Fitter, far right at work. The late Mr. Simbarashe Kainos Gwatiringa, GMB Depot Manager. continued to
“He was an unassuming young person yet so determined and always focused. We will definitely miss his experience,” said Mucheuki. GMB's Human Resources Officer-Nothern Region, Ms Priscilla Mutembo said Gwatiringa was a humble colleague. “SK (as Gwatiringa was referred by fellow employees) was a relational person, getting along with fellow employees and the community at large. He was also very hard working and was very conversant with GMB systems and procedures,” she said. Matapure is survived by two sons while Gwatiringa left behind a wife and seven children.