Today we woke up on a sad note to hear that one of Harare Institute of Technology’s computer science lecturers, Mr Nicholas Karekwaivenane has passed away. Sources close to his family say he has succumbed to haemophilia,a condition which derails proper blood clotting when bleeding. His untimely passing away is a difficult moment to his family, the HIT society and the ICT community as a whole.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
Nicholas Kare is one of the brightest prospects to have come out of HIT in 2010 after graduating with a 1st class B.Tech Honors Degree in Computer Science. His computer wizardry skills inspired HIT to send him on an international exchange program to Daejeon University in South Korea during his final year period of 2009-10.
After trailblazing his way to attain a very difficult 1st class computer science degree in 2010, HIT went on to rope him into their talent pool as a Teaching Assistant in 2011. His outstanding work during that time won him a very rare ticket to India where he went on to undertake his Master of Technology (MTech) degree in Computer Science from 2012-14 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.
His computer science skills were never questionable from the on-start. He became one of Zimbabwe’s top Oracle Certified Java 5.0 Programmers in 2011 where he went on to immensely contribute in the setting up of HIT’S Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and conducting awareness campaigns until it was adopted Institute wide. He went on to rise through the ranks to become one of the senior lecturers at the now fierce technological hub of Zimbabwe.
His work until today remains a phenomenon which must be documented and go down the technological history books in the Zimbabwean ICT community. He was also widening his computer skills where he recently embarked on a journey to become a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE).
Mr Kare was part of HIT’s trailblazers which include Innocent Mapanga who now heads HIT’s Computer Science Department, Budwell Masaiti, one of HIT and Zimbabwe’s brightest computer science talent, Prudence Kadebu who is now heading the Software Engineering department and Shepherd Chifamba who is now tutoring in the E-Commerce faculty.
I myself would like to personally testify and celebrate the life of this fallen hero. He is one of the few lecturers who taught and inspired me on my Cisco network engineering journey. I have known Nicholas Kare on a very close personal capacity, a young family man who lived by the principals. He was a diversified technologists who inspired me to chose a career in Information Technology.
Mourners are now gathering at No: 6, 72 Avenue, Haig Park in Mabelreign. Nicholas Kare leaves a wife and three kids behind. The TechnoMag team shares the loss with his family, the HIT team and Zimbabwe ICT community as a whole. May his lovely soul Rest in Eternal Peace.