LRF mourns Board Chair Makonese
The Legal Resources Foundation was plunged into mourning on Thursday 28 April 2016 following the sad loss of Board Chair Mr Makausi Thomas Makonese. Mr Makonese had a long and distinguished association with the LRF dating back to 1990 when he became the part-time Director of Legal Resources Foundation Masvingo at its inception, a portfolio he relinquished in 2011 to join the Board of Trustees. On 11 March 2016 Mr Thomas Makonese was unanimously elected the Chair of the LRF Board of Trustees. Prior to being elected board chair, Mr Makonese, a soft-spoken, principled man who valued professionalism chaired the LRF Public Interest and Advocacy Committee. He was also a member of the LRF Human Resources Committee. Apart from his illustrious association with the LRF, Mr Makonese had an equally meritorious professional career as a registered legal practitioner, notary public and conveyancer and managing partner of Chihambakwe, Makonese & Ncube Legal Practitioners in Masvingo. He graduated with a Bachelor of Law Honours degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 1980 and was elected a member of the Council of the Law Society of Zimbabwe in 1985. He was elected President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe in 1996 and held that position until 1998, the youngest President ever and the first from outside Harare. Integrity, commitment, generosity are the values uniformly ascribed to this soft-spoken, down-to-earth man who will be greatly missed at the LRF, the wider legal fraternity and indeed all those who knew him.
May his soul rest in peace.
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