Gumbie burial today

Tichafara Bepe

Principal director in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Engineer Eric Gumbie, who died in Harare on Thursday, is set to be buried at Glen Forest Memorial Park in Harare today. He was 61.

Eng Gumbie, who is the past president of the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers, had more than four decades experience in civil engineering.

Eng Gumbie graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Civil Engineering in 1980 from the University of Zimbabwe and went on to attain a Master of Engineering Science Degree at the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 1988. He was an affiliate of various engineering professional bodies, which include the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), London. He was also a Chartered Engineer certified by the Engineering Council in the United Kingdom.

Eng Gumbie worked on various civil engineering projects in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa.

From 2002 to 2003, he was the lead engineer on the reclassification of the Mozambique Road Network and headed the technical and financial audit of road projects for the Zambian National Road Fund Agency in 2007.

Most of the local projects he superintended include the rehabilitation and design for runways and taxiways at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in 2001, as well as designing and supervision of construction of student accommodation at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) from 1994 to 2001, among many other projects.

Eng Gumbie also served as a member of the General Council of the Standards Association of Zimbabwe since 1999.

He was also responsible for the final adjudication and awarding of tenders for all Government and parastatal projects in Zimbabwe at the then State Procurement Board (SPB) – now Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ) – since 2001. Eng Gumbie is survived by a wife and three kids.

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