NATIONAL University of Science and Technology’s (Nust) former dean of the Communication and Information Science faculty, Lawton Hikwa, has died. He was 50.

Nust spokesperson, Felix Moyo said Hikwa died of a blocked respiratory system at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo yesterday morning.

Dr. Lawton Hikwa
Dr. Lawton Hikwa: Served as the Faculty Dean for Communication and Information Science.

He is said to have complained of chest pains on Saturday evening and was rushed to hospital by his wife.

“As an institution, we have lost a vibrant academic, who contributed immensely to development of tertiary education through his skills and we are saddened by sudden loss,” Moyo said.

He added that Hikwa had just completed his last term as the academic dean in the Faculty of Information Science and Communication.

Hikwa was a lecturer in the Library and Information Science department.

Before joining Nust as a part time lecturer in 1994, Hikwa worked for various organisations including the Rural Libraries Association and the Bulawayo Polytechnic, among others. He served in various selecting committees at Nust and he was the chairperson of the institution’s library committee. He served as part of the senior management in the last years of his deanship.

Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.

Mourners are gathered at Number 6 Ivegill Road in Morningside, Bulawayo. He is survived by wife Didekile and three daughters.

Story Source: Newsday


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