Harare, Zimbabwe – The people of Zimbabwe and the broader community reflect on the immense contributions of a distinguished servant, Cde. Dr. Karikoga Kaseke, affectionately known as KK.

From his humble beginnings to his notable roles within Zimbabwe’s military, transportation, aviation, and tourism sectors, KK has left an indelible mark on the nation and its people.

Born on June 16, 1962, at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital, Harare, KK embarked on an educational journey that showcased his brilliance from an early age. Despite pausing his studies to join the Liberation War in 1978, KK returned to excel academically and professionally, achieving degrees in Administration, Business, Strategy, and Tourism. His peers often compared his generosity and kindness to that of a local “Mother Theresa,” highlighting his unmatched support and benevolence within his community.

KK’s youthful contribution to the Liberation struggle underlined his dedication and willingness to put country before self. His post-independence military service saw him rise within the Zimbabwe National Army, emphasizing his leadership in intelligence and counter-intelligence sectors.

Transitioning to the transport and aviation sector, KK’s leadership prowess flourished as he assumed roles from Chief Security Officer at the Department of Civil Aviation to CEO of the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), bringing significant advancements to the nation’s airport infrastructure.

However, it was as the Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) from 2003-2018 that KK truly transformed the tourism landscape of Zimbabwe. Under his leadership, Zimbabwe achieved several milestones, including hosting the prestigious 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in 2013, revitalizing the Zimbabwe International Carnival, implementing the Zimbabwe Tourism Development Strategy, establishing the “Visit Zimbabwe” campaign, and significantly increasing tourist arrivals through strategic infrastructure and facility investments.

KK’s unwavering loyalty to country’s ZANU PF epitomized his commitment to his country and its people. His life’s work, characterized by forthrightness, bravery, and generosity, leaves a legacy that will inspire future generations.

As we mourn his loss, we also celebrate a life well-lived, dedicated to the betterment of Zimbabwe and its people. Dr. Kaseke’s contributions to national development, community service, and political loyalty will forever be cherished and remembered.

Mourners are gathered at 38 Boscobel Drive in Highlands. Details of the burial arrangements will be communicated in due course.