Evans Tendayi Kuntonda (d. March 4, 2011)

Evans was the 2nd born in a family of six, 4 boys and 2 girls. His father passed away in 2003. He was the sole bread winner in the family. Evans is survived by his wife Pricilla and 2 children, a boy and a girl.

He went to Nyandoro Primary School and Highfield 1 High School. After completing his secondary education he joined the Catholic seminary to train as a Priest. He could not finish because of the untimely death of his father, and had to drop out to look for a job in order to fend for the family.

He became active in humanitarian assistance at the CMC where he worked with Bishop Veryn. In 2008, he joined MSF as Health Promoter.

Evans was a humble but formidable soul who cared deeply about humanity. He suffered great pain to witness the plight of people struggling to survive. He was a support structure for the young who lost family. He organised people from a state of helplessness into one where they were empowered to fight the horrible conditions they were living under.

Rest in peace our brother, our comrade our friend. You will be missed and have left a vacuum; you have inspired many of us who gave up hope in this horrible system that forces people to flee to survive.

To the family, we say, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for sharing Evans with us. This grievous and heavy loss is indeed a loss unparalleled for us all. In the tradition of the liberation struggle, when we mourned our fallen fighters, conscious of the imperative to maintain high morale within our ranks, we always declared, with clenched fists and hot tears trapped at the back of our swollen eyes:

“The spear has fallen pick it up!” Hamba Kahle comrade Evans Kontonga I am very sad at the sudden death of our dear friend and colleague Evans Kuntonda. Many of us got to know him as a very enthusiastic fighter
for the rights and dignity of Zimbabwean being stranded in Johannesburg. Without his understanding and help, we would never have had the possibility to access the most vulnerable in inner city. Evans was always passionate about his work and believes. We will all miss him.

Ariane Bauernfeind
MSF-South Africa

(... from CONTACT No.112)

By: Rebecca Cederholm