GWERU – Prominent Gweru businessman and gold miner, Philemon Mubata has died.
He was 53.
Mubata who was director for Big Valley Masters Group of companies succumbed to COVID-19 while admitted at a private hospital in Gweru.
His young brother, Costa confirmed the demise of Mubata saying his brother and also confirmed that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“The death was rather sudden and we are still in shock, he only complained of dizziness yesterday (Sunday) at around 4 pm and we decided to take him to the hospital at around 5pm where he was tested for COVID-19 and the results came out positive
“He was then admitted and today around 4 am we received sad news that he was no more,” he said.
Costa who said his brother’s death left a hue scare not only to the Mubata family but the Gweru community at large also described his late brother as a family man, philanthropist and a soccer fanatic who will be dearly missed.
“His works speaks for themselves. He loved his family, he was a philanthropist who has done a lot for the community of Gweru, above all he was a fan of soccer and had his football team, Big Valley Masters which is in division 1. The team was founded in 1999,” he added.
Big Valley Masters Mining acting general manager Lovemore Mutema said Mubata will be dearly missed in both the Gweru and Shurugwi communities.
“We were together at the mine a day before and he looked fine. Everyone is still in a state of shock that he has suddenly passed away, he was a man of the people and he will be dearly missed by both, Shurugwi and Gweru community,” he said.
Mubata survived by wife Agnes and four children; two boys and two girls.