In Rememberance: Gaston Kuzamunu Mazandu

Prof. Gaston Mazandu

Prof. Gaston Mazandu



Gaston and I worked together on his favourite topic- ontologies, but I also had the chance to talk with him 1-on-1 on a few occasions. I found that he was always warm and friendly, patient and jovial Always willing to help. Our interactions have left an indelibly pleasant imprint on me. My his soul Rest In Peace and God grant him eternal rest.

Neil Hanchard on September 29, 2021

You were a kind person and respected everyone. Your contribution towards science is exceptional even though we met for a short time but will always remember your dedication and contribution to us young scientists. May you rest in peace.

Beatrice Octavian on September 29, 2021

Dear Gaston,
We will remember you as a sweet, calm, super intelligent person, an excellent researcher and professor. It was a privilege to meet and be with you in the meetings we were together.
May your family be comforted in God’s love and may you rest in peace! Receive this message from your Brazilian friends,
Miriam, Mina and Anna Barbara.

Miriam Park on September 29, 2021

Dearest Gaston,
You were such an excellent lecturer – patient, kind and engaging. Your laugh was infectious and your kindness emanated always. Thank you for all your encouragement over the years.
You will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace.

Alexa Heekes on September 29, 2021

Thank you for the contribution you made to our work. We will miss your work as a scientist, we will miss the dignified and considered inputs to our discussions and we will miss working with you as a colleague and someone who always treated people with great respect. From all your friends at Wits.

Scott Hazelhurst on September 29, 2021

I was informed this morning that Prof Gaston passed away last Saturday. It is very sad news. A great loss for the scientific community.
He supported me a lot during my stay in Cape Town and continued to correspond with me until the day before the last genetics meeting. I ignored that he was ill. I must haved tired him a lot. I regret his death.
I know your sympathy for him. I send you my condolences and I pray for the rest of his soul. May he rests in peace!

El Hadji Malick Ndour on September 29, 2021

Gaston, this is truly devastating news, we still had so much science to do together! I will remember you for your kindness and amazing intelligence. All the best to your family and friends.

Marlo Moller on September 29, 2021

I learnt humility from you during our time at CBIO in the sense that one can be great scientist but humble, rest with angels brother till meet again!

Fredrick Nindo on September 28, 2021

Gaston, I watched you grow from PhD student to Postdoc to senior academic. So much talent, yet such humility. We worked together through all these phases of your career and I was constantly blown away by your intelligence, knowledge and skills. Your kindness, gentleness and loyalty are qualities I will always remember and I will cherish all the times we had. You will always be remembered for your dedication to CBIO, H3ABioNet and SADaCC but also how you touched so many of us in different ways. May you rest in peace.

Nicky Mulder on September 28, 2021

On my first day at UCT in 2019 as an intern, you wasted no time in showing me what amazing person you were. I will never forget how confident you made me feel during the presentation of my work to you. Your words of encouragement and your laughter are amongst the many wonderful things about you that will be sorely missed. Thank you for your impact on my career. I was so looking forward to accomplishing a lot with you, but God had a better plan I guess.

Rest in peace Prof Gaston

Kevin Esoh on September 29, 2021

It was wonderful knowing you Gaston since you joined HumGen. We had discussions from science to personal dreams and plans. We had wonderful chats during our drives home. You were such as a wonderful and humble soul with plans and vision. Your death is as shocking and surprising and our minds still can comprehend that you are no more. Wish you a peaceful journey to the other side and you will forever be remembered.

NICHOLAS THOMFORD on September 29, 2021

What a great loss this is, We are keeping family and friends in our prayers. May the good Lord grant all of us comfort and strength.

Rest in Power Prof Gaston Kuzamunu Mazandu.

Thato Regonamanye on September 29, 2021

Gaston, you left us too soon. From you I learnt humility and dedication. May your soul rest in peace.

Collet Dandara on September 29, 2021

Dearest Gaston;

This has come as a huge blow to all of us who knew you. In the Division of Human Genetics, we got to know you better since your served on our Exco; your engagement was always genuine and informative. Above all, were your notable qualities of genuineness and kindness. We will attempt to emulate these qualities, as a living memorial to you.

The place you have left is sadder for your loss….but I know that when I look up to the sky tonight…there will be a fresh, new shining star being welcomed into Heaven. With all our love.

Raj Ramesar on September 28, 2021

Prof. Gaston Mazandu,

Your presentations during SCDO meetings are the treasured memories I have of you. While I didnt understand most of the content you were presenting, but I was fascinated with your brilliance and commitment to the work you have been doing. Instead of looking at the slides I will be looking at you admiring how easy It all felt to you presenting those difficult work. Sickle in Africa has lost one of the most talented person within the network.

Thank you for your work and contribution to Sickle Cell Disease in Africa. May you rest well Now

Daima Bukini on September 28, 2021

Your untimely death has left an irreparable void in our lives, but we thank God for all the time we had you around. A gentle and kind person with utmost respect and consideration for others. Your unique way of lifting our spirits in times of distress, igniting hope for the future and a passion for science will forever live on in our hearts. I will always remember the humble academic giant on whose shoulders many of us have stood. A life well-lived finds rest and reward in the afterlife. Fare thee well Dr. Gaston Kuzamunu Mazandu.

Irene Kyomugisha on September 28, 2021

Dear Professor Gaston Muzandu Kuzamunu, may your soul rest in perfect peace.

I graduated with you at AIMS in 2005. Indeed, you were a good friend, a mentor, an astute academic scholar, a gentle and great man of inestimable quality, and a bright mind, who had touched the lives of many positively, as characterized by your honesty, sincerity, integrity, devotion, and selfless service to humanity.

In the words of the late great Nelson Mandela: “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace”. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”, which Gaston has demonstrated.

Gaston, continue to rest in peace! Your nice smile will never be forgotten!

Abel Ajibesin on September 28, 2021

At SPARCO-Tanzania, we cannot find the words to describe how we feel for this loss. Gaston had touched all of us for his humility and kindness. It is amazing that these virtues transcended his excellency in data and ontology which were the primary reasons for getting to know him. He has left marks and legacies that will live with us for a long long time. May our Almighty Lord grant him eternal rest in peace and comfort to his family, SADaCC and SickleInAfrica

Emmanuel Balandya on September 28, 2021

Dear Prof Gaston, you were the most amazing person and light of Sickleinafrica and SaDACC, we will miss you so much Rest in Peace

Jesca Ondego on September 28, 2021

So so sad !!!!
Gaston you were truly a blessing- that calming demeanour at all times.
SickleinAfrica has lost a vital and rare asset.
Rest in peace and may the God of Comfort envelope your family.

MAXWELL NWEGBU on September 28, 2021

Dear Gaston,
I only met you briefly, but I was impressed with your professional attitude, dedication to the cause, and humanity.
Dear friends, sincere condolences: this is a sad loss, and it is for us to make him a living example.
Long live SaDACC and Gaston in our hearts!

Lucio Luzzatto on September 28, 2021

I am still shocked at this news. You were a model to some of us who admire the passion and dedication you put to work. You exceptional and very understanding. We will definitely miss you. Rest on sir.

Reuben Chianumba on September 28, 2021

I will remember the good food, good laugh, hard work, long conversations and so many good memories. Farewell my dear friend, till we meet again.

Andry Rabenantoandro on September 28, 2021

Prof. Gaston, you have been born with an exceptional character to help junior scientists achieve their goals with a big smile on your face. I remember the times together during training and SPARCo site visits in Tanzania. I was shocked to learn that you have passed away.

Rest in eternal peace Prof.Gaston Mazandu

Daniel Kandonga on September 28, 2021

Prof. Gaston you worked with passion, integrity and energy. By your death all the people who knew you will miss a highly intelligent, vibrant individual with a rare friendliness and charm of personality. You were genuinely warm and wonderful individual—one we will miss greatly. Our sorrow is lessened only slightly with the comforting thought that we had the privilege to know him

Frank Makundi on September 28, 2021

Rest in Peace brother Gaston! You have played your part very well in the World of Science. we are going to miss you, but definitely, we gonna join you one day.

Kilaza Samson on September 28, 2021

This is a sad news. Dr Gaston will surely be missed. Rest in peace

Kehinde Oyeniran on September 27, 2021

The news that Gaston had transited to the world beyond will take a long time to sink in.

Dr Gaston Mazandu was a wonderful man, a devoted researcher with a warm and friendly personality. He showed great interest in young researchers within SickleInAfrica and the GeneMAP research group, and related to everyone at a personal level. I will miss Gaston’s words of encouragement and his sense of humor in difficult times.

Rest easy in grace and love, dear Gaston!

Nchangwi Syntia on September 27, 2021

Dearest Prof. Gaston,
It is absolutely heartbreaking to hear of your passing. Your gentle and kind nature will be extremely missed. Thank you for showing me nothing but patience and thank you for always encouraging and motivating me. May your beautiful soul rest in peace.

Kambe Zgambo on September 27, 2021

Though I have not met you, but I think you were a great icon for H3Africa and those that came in contact with you, especially with respect to academics. This is really hard to take from your family, loved ones and your students that you left behind.

Rest on Dr, your works are not forgotten.

Henry Njoku on September 26, 2021

Prof Gaston, your brilliance and passion for your work inspired us all. Your willingness to teach and guide will surely be missed. Thank you for providing a safe space for us to approach you.

Your kind-hearted presence will be missed.

Rest in peace.

Chandre Oosterwyk on September 26, 2021

Thank you Prof, for being a great mentor.

I remember in 2013, was doing my in-service training at UCT under your supervision. You believed in me and even told me about AIMS where I can pursue my career. I applied and got accepted, thank you so much for adding value to my career.

You will forever be missed.

Siphokazi Gatyeni on September 26, 2021

Prof.Gaston you were a great scholar . You were a go to person as far as research is concerned. May your soul RIP.

EVANS OCHIAGA on September 26, 2021

Cher Superviseur,
Je n’arrive toujours pas à digérer la nouvelle de ta disparition survenue de façon brusque au moment où Nous avions encore besoin de vous.
Je retiens de toi un homme bon, très intelligent et surtout un travailleur au vrai sens du mot.
Merci de faire la fierté de la RDC et merci de l’encadrement que J’ai bénéficié auprès de vous lors de la rédaction de mon projet de master, J’ai été marqué par ton sens de leadership.
La mort n’arrête pas l’amour.
Vas en paix cher Professeur Gaston Kuzamunu Mazandu.
À jamais dans mon coeur

Horace Ekete on September 26, 2021

Prof. Gaston K. Mazandu,
You always lightened up the day for everyone when you came to the research center in Biriwa. It was an honor to work with you. Oh, this is really sad indeed.

May you rest in perfect peace.

Rhoda Mahamah on September 26, 2021

Prof Gaston K Mazandu, I am forever grateful you are and will always be my irreplaceable mentor, academic advisor, leader and teacher. From you, I learnt life lessons that no one can take away from me. Your mentor-ship has given me a better understanding of what it takes to achieve greatness and the definition of humility. You believed in me and nurtured me from a very naive and inexperience to a seasoned and sensible individual. As I celebrate your life (which I have every reason to), I pray that I support, guide and encourage others as you did to me where possible.

A legend has fallen.

Rest in the Light.

Ephifania Geza on September 26, 2021

Cher MAZ, s’en est allé brutalement. AMI-UNIKIN est réellement consternée. Sans nul doute il mérite nos hommages pour avoir accompli sa fonction “d’ambassadeur” au pays de Nelson Mandela. Merci à lui pour tout. Nos sincères condoléances à sa famille biologique, notamment à son épouse MALU et à ses enfants. Plaise au Très Haut de consoler l’âme éplorée et honorer la mémoire de l’illustre disparu.

Claude NTANTA on September 26, 2021

Thank you Prof for believing in me and giving me an opportunity, a livelihood and a once in a lifetime privilege to be supervised by you. l will forever cherish all your laughters and advice in the little time we had. Your patience and kindness was truly amazing. Thank you for all your support and joyous nature. Will forever miss you and your amazing smile.

Thank you. Thank you Prof.

Till we meet again, Rest in Eternal Peace Prof Gaston Kuzamunu Mazandu

Munyaradzi Mupfururirwa on September 25, 2021

Professor Gaston
I am short of words with the news of your passover. Only God knows why things like this happen. A great man is gone a good friend of mine. Hope the allmighty will take care of your soul and the heartbreak family you left behind
May your soul rest in Perfect peace

Valentina Ngo Bitoungui on September 25, 2021

You have been a true reflection of a supporting supervisor and father to me during my academic journey. It was joyful to be around you, always a willing hand, and anxious to help us as your students.

You were a blessing to us and we will miss you.

Rest In Peace Prof Gaston Kuzamunu Mazandu

khuthala mnika on September 25, 2021

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