Zimbabwean engineer and MDC official dies in British gym exercise

BIRMINGHAM, United Kongdom – A Zimbabwean Engineer and MDC Treasurer in Birmingha has collapsed and died in British gym, it has been reported.\r\n

Lincoln Makotore, who was also an MDC-UK district Treasurer in Birmingham after he collapsed from a local gym.

A graduate from the University of Zimbabwe, Makotere collapsed while exercising at a gym in Birmingham and was rushed to a local hospital where he spent the night. He was tested and given the "all clear" only to collapse again when he was about to be discharged. He then died.

According to the MDC-UK website, relatives were shocked when they were later told he had died.

Makotore is survived by a wife and a daughter and will be buried in Masvingo at a date yet to be announced.

He became treasurer of MDC Birmingham Branch in 2003 and Midlands North District Treasurer in 2006.

At the time of his death he had been promoted manager at Red Cross International.

Tomorrow’s district elections for the MDC Midlands North have been postponed indefinitely following the death of the district Treasurer, Lincoln Makotore, who was not only a candidate, but also a highly respected member of the MDC UK Province.

Service this afternoon at Sat 26 at 2pm, St George Street, Anglican Church, B193QY

The UZ Agricultural Engineer collapsed while exercising at a gym in Birmingham and was rushed to City Hospital where he spent the night, was tested and given the "all clear". But relatives were shocked when they heard that he had collapsed again when he was about to be discharged.

Such was his confidence that he had been talking with party members about plans for the congress over the phone and did not even let on that he was in hospital.

Makotore is survived by a wife and a daughter and will be buried in Masvingo at a date yet to be announced.

Makotore became treasurer of MDC Birmingham Branch in 2003 and Midlands North District Treasurer in 2006 – a position from which he developed good accounting practices and systems for branch treasurers.

At the time of his death he was considering running for Provincial Treasurer, but he was also considering the increased workload that he had taken on after being promoted to a manager in Red Cross International.

Requesting a postponement of the district elections, the chairman of Birmingham Branch, Izwi Munyambi, said the decision by the Birmingham Executive was in honour of the gallant fighter for democracy that Mr Lincoln Makotore was.

“Even at the point of his sudden death had been in contact with the Birmingham Branch Treasurer giving details for bank transactions bank to be made in respect of the upcoming congress,

“He has been a member of our branch for years and has been an executive member at branch and district level.

“Makotore’s  desire for change in Zimbabwe should not go unnoticed. Clearly two thirds of those due to cast their votes are likely to be affected by Mr Makotore’s sudden death and are likely to be paying their respect to the gallant son of MDC.”

The district chairman, Solomon Mashiri said the recommendation had been accepted this morning, and urging members prepare, instead, to attend the service which is being arranged with the Makotore family on the same date – tomorrow.

He said the Makotore family had the deepest sympathy from his executive which words were inadequate to express.

“We are all still in deep shock and disbelief.”

He also said as per the MDC’s tradition branches were expected to contribute £50 towards the funeral expenses.

The Makotore family and agreed to give MDC  members and supporters two hours for a service which starts at 2pm at St George Anglican Church, St George’s Street, Newtown, BIRMINGHAM B19 3QY. – Changezimbabwe & ZimDiaspora