BY SIMBARASHE SITHOLE
SCORES of people yesterday thronged Howard Mission in Chiweshe to pay their last respects to property mogul, Eddie Pfugari, who died in Harare on Sunday after succumbing to pancreatic cancer.
Pfugari, one of the pioneers of Zimbabwe’s black economic empowerment crusade, owned Pfugari Properties and more than 25% of Norton properties, attracting a huge investment in Harare’s dormitory town.
Addressing mourners at his burial, Norton Town Council public relations officer Reggie Gavara praised Pfugari for changing the face of Norton.
“As Norton Town Council, we are really saddened by the loss of Pfugari. He was a critical player in the development matrix. He owned more than 25% of properties in Norton. That alone tells us that he was the owner of the town,” Gavara said.
The mogul started his business in Harare’s Highfield high-density suburb in the 1970s, where he opened doors for many Zimbabwean entrepreneurs.
In his rural home of Chiweshe, he built several blocks at both Nyachuru Primary and Secondary schools.
At the time of his death, Pfugari was building cluster houses along Oxford Avenue in Highlands, and owned properties from number 32 to 42 along Mbuya Nehanda in Harare’s central business district and vast tracts of land in Whitecliff suburb and in Bindura.
He is survived by his wife Hazel, five children, 16 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. His children described him as a generous and hardworking man who worked hard for both the nation and his family.
Members of the United Methodist Church, Masimba Edenga gospel singers, supported members of Guta RaJehovha Church in entertaining mourners.