Zimbabwean academic and former Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Information Science at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Dr. Lawton Hikwa, died Sunday morning at a local hospital.
According to the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, the late Dr. Hikwa was rushed to the hospital after experiencing difficulties in breathing.
A few days ago the late library and information expert wrote on his Facebook Page seeking public prayers saying he was not feeling well.
"I am not well at all. Please remember me in your prayers," wrote the late Dr. Hikwa on Thursday.
He responded to some of the prayer messages until his condition started deteriotating. That Facebook thread has so far received more than 240 replies (prayers and condolences) and 57 likes.
Hundreds of people have so far visited his Facebook wall expressing their shock over his death with most saying he will be greatly missed for his academic work, strong Christian beliefs and related issues.
One of the messages posted by Hwange Colliery Company secretary Thembelani Kole Ncube read in part, “When you said you were in pain but getting better … My derivation from our last chat can only be expressed biblically. I quote 2 Timothy 3:6-8'. For .. the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord has awarded to me'.
"Have known you from boyhood for a good 30 years plus and know that you are now resting in eternity in the kingdom of God. Rest in peace cousin we will always remember you Mndambeli.”
NUST Director of Communications and Marketing, Felix Moyo, told ZBC the late Dr. Hikwa had just retired from NUST after serving his two five-year terms as Dean in the Faculty of Communication and Information Science.
He is survived by wife, Didekile, and three daughters. Mourners are gathered at Number 6, Ivegill Road in Morningside.