War hero Dube buried

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

LIB­ER­A­TION war hero, Cde Mkhu­l­uli Dube, who died in Nkayi last Thurs­day, was buried yes­ter­day at the Nku­lumane Pro­vin­cial Heroes’ Acre in Bu­l­awayo. He was 56. Fam­ily spokesper­son Mrs Irene Maphen­duka said Cde Dube suc­cumbed to kid­ney fail­ure.

“We have lost a fam­ily pil­lar that we were not pre­pared to ready to part with. He died in Nkayi were he was work­ing for the Pub­lic Ser­vice. The huge crowd here is a tes­ti­mony to the type of man my un­cle was,” she said.

Bu­l­awayo Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo said Cde Dube was a war vet­eran who ac­cepted and un­der­stood democ­racy with­out hold­ing grudges.

“Cde Dube would rise through the party ranks and some­times be demoted within the party sys­tems but he never showed dis­gruntle­ment. He was a true pro­fes­sional. He didn’t have that men­tal­ity that many of us war vets have, that be­cause we fought the war we are su­pe­rior.

“I re­spected this man be­cause he was dif­fer­ent from many of us, war vet­er­ans. He was one per­son who had the abil­ity to lead and be led, and for that, to me, he was a good leader,” she said.

Min­is­ter Moyo said she did not re­call ever see­ing such a big crowd at the pro­vin­cial shrine. She said Cde Dube’s burial had taught her a big les­son.

“As his name Mkhu­l­uli says, he was a lib­er­a­tor by name and by deeds. This man was able to accommodate ev­ery­one and was never too busy for any­one. This can be seen through the dif­fer­ent groups present to­day, which in­clude churches, Zifa for sports, youths and the party,” said Min­is­ter Moyo.

Zanu-PF MP for Pe­land­aba-Mpopoma Cde Joseph Tshuma said Cde Dube was a hum­ble, meek and lov­ing per­son.

“In 2013, Cde Dube had an op­por­tu­nity of be­ing our con­stituency’s MP but in­stead he of­fered me that post and opted to be my chief elec­tion of­fi­cer. Such hu­mil­ity is not pos­sessed by many,” said MP Tshuma.

Cde Dube left the coun­try in 1977 in the com­pany of Cdes Mor­gan Dube and Ben­zan­gakhona Magutshwa to join the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle in Zam­bia through Fran­cis­town in Botswana.

He un­der­went mil­i­tary train­ing in An­gola in 1978 and was as­signed to dif­fer­ent mis­sions by the party in Zam­bia start­ing in 1979. Af­ter cease­fire, he went to Gwayi as­sem­bly point.

At in­de­pen­dence, he was at­tested into the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army as a non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer and rose through the ranks to be­come a war­rant of­fi­cer class one, a po­si­tion he held un­til the time of his re­tire­ment in 1997.

In 2001, he was ap­pointed sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion in Zanu-PF Bu­l­awayo Prov­ince. From 2009 un­til his death, he was Dis­trict Com­mis­sar for Zanu-PF Mat­shobana Dis­trict.

Cde Dube is sur­vived by his wife, six chil­dren and eight grand­chil­dren. — @win­nie_­masara

The late Cde Mkhu­l­uli Dube

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