The first ever female Chancellor in the nation and also Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) Vice Chancellor Professor Primrose Kurasha died last Friday night after being hospitalised.
Professor Kurasha died last Friday night at a local private hospital where she was admitted, She was 58.
Family spokesperson Primrose who is daughter to the late ZOU Vice Chancellor says Professor Kurasha succumbed to pulmonary embolism, a disease which occurs when a blood clot gets lodged in an artery in the lung, blocking blood flow to part of the lung.
President Mugabe paid a moving tribute to late academic and Zimbabwe Open University Vice-Chancellor Professor Primrose Kurasha, describing her as an exceptional intellectual who pioneered distance education.
Several people including government officials, friends and relatives visited the Kurasha residence at number 1 Ascot Road, Avondale West in Harare to pay their condolences.
The late ZOU Vice Chancellor is survived by her husband Professor Jemison Kurasha and two daughters, Flora and Primrose.
Prof Kurasha made history when she became the first woman to be elected VC in 2003.
She hogged our headlines when she introduced fully blown tech programs for open and distance learning academia.