Catholic run St Anthony High School in Zaka has been thrown into mourning following the death of two of its staff members hours apart. One of the most senior teachers at the school Clemence Chipato died at the mission hospital early morning on Thursday June 16 only for the boarding mistress Hellen Dungare to be found dead in her room at the school.
Chipato is said to have been diagnosed with TB and was not well for some time as he was on a sick leave.
He was 63, survived with his wife, four children and several grandchildren. At school he was nicknamed Bismack (Prussia and Germany leader) because of his history subject prowess and also his heavy handedness when it comes to instilling discipline at the school.
In the political circles he was known as Materritory as he was a staunch Zanu PF supporter and Zaka District Coordinating Committee member and he also contested ward 19 local authority seat and lost in the primaries. Chipato did his secondary education at St Anthony between 1975 and 1978 and went to Gweru teachers college for his tertiary education.
He came back at St Anthony as a student teacher in 1982, he went back to college to finish of his course and returned as a qualified teacher in 1984 and has been there until his time of death. Chipato will be buried at his rural home in Chipinda on Saturday 17 June.
On the other hand, the Boarding mistress is said to have joined the school in 2010 as a security guard in the girl’s hostels. In 2015 she was then appointed the boarding mistress and was responsible for girl’s welfare in the hostels.
Dungare is said to have been off duty on the day she died and a colleague found her lifeless body in her room after several attempts to call her to try some new uniforms for the ancillary staff. Burial arrangements were yet to be established by the time of writing.