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Yesterday, at Mpáduè Municipal Cemetery in Tete city, the remains of Tete district administrator Tiago José Maria Mandere, who died by drowning in the Revúbuè river last Tuesday, were laid to rest.
José Maria, as he was affectionately known, met his death when he was swept off by the waters of the Revúbuè river, whose flow topped the National Road No.7 during a visit he was paying with the government monitoring committee aiming at saving the population affected by the passage of Tropical Depression Ana in Tete province.
With the body lying in state in the Main Hall of the Assembly of the City of Tete, eulogies described Mandere as a man of integrity, simple and committed to the cause of the population, a fact evidenced by the way he died.
On behalf of the government, Deputy Minister of Land and Environment Fernando Bemane said that the way he died showed his humanism and love for the people, contributing as he was to the mobilisation of the population in security measures against the bad weather.
The Secretary of State in Tete, Elisa Zacarias, recalled the career path of the teacher, noting that, since 1983, Mandere had offered his contribution to the state apparatus as a teacher, having founded Mágoè’s EP2, and acting as permanent secretary of Moatize district and director of the provincial services of the combatants, among other roles.
Governor of Tete, Domingos Viola, who was leading the monitoring committee at the time of the tragedy, said that nature ended up betraying the team and took the life of one of the legendary sons of the province, the history of Tete being inseparable from that of José Maria.
“Your population, which you worked so hard to save, escaped the tropical depression and has found safe haven in accommodation centres. Farewell, colleague,” he concluded.
Tiago Mandere died at the age of 64, leaving two widows, six children and 12 grandchildren.