Tsholot­sho RDC chair­per­son Nde­bele dies

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

ZANU-PF Cen­tral Com­mit­tee Mem­ber and Tsholot­sho Ru­ral District Chair­per­son Cde Alois Nde­bele has died. He was 56. A war vet­eran, Cde Nde­bele died at his home­stead in Che­funye, Tsholot­sho on Thurs­day af­ter an ill­ness.

He is ex­pected to be be buried on Tues­day next week at his home.

Tsholot­sho South MP, Cde Zenzo Sibanda (Zanu-PF), said Cde Nde­bele’s death was a great loss to his fam­ily, the peo­ple of Tsholot­sho and Mata­bele­land North as a whole.

“He had been in and out of hos­pi­tal. He did a lot for the com­mu­nity and the district and I’m sure he will be greatly missed.

“Cde Nde­bele was a brother, friend and an ad­vi­sor to me. He is a man that is ir­re­place­able and his lead­er­ship qual­i­ties are proven by his stay in power for this long. He served con­tin­u­ously as a cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber, as a coun­cil­lor and as coun­cil chair,” he said. Mata­bele­land North Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Cain Math­ema said the party and coun­try had lost a revo­lu­tion­ary. “We have lost a great man, a revo­lu­tion­ary who sac­ri­ficed his life in the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle. He also served in the army and af­ter that he be­came a coun­cil­lor and chair­man of Tsholot­sho RDC un­til his time of death. “The man ac­tu­ally made a lot of sac­ri­fices for other peo­ple and we sym­pa­thise with the fam­ily. I worked very well with this man in many de­vel­op­men­tal projects in the district and the com­mu­nity will miss him greatly,” said Min­is­ter Math­ema. He said there is no ward in Tsholot­sho that Cde Nde­bele.

“He also worked hard to make sure all points in the district have elec­tric­ity,” Min Math­ema said.

Cde Nde­bele joined Zapu Che­funye District in 1974 and was a sec­re­tary in the main wing.

He left the coun­try in 1976 to join the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle in Zam­bia through Botswana and un­der­went mil­i­tary train­ing in An­gola in 1977.

Af­ter cease­fire, he went to Gwayi River Mine 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 1999.

From 1981 to 1984, Cde Nde­bele was sent to Mozam­bique for mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in that coun­try.

In 1986, Cde Nde­bele was part of the United Na­tions peace-keep­ing force in So­ma­lia.

He also par­tic­i­pated in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo cam­paign in 1999 be­fore re­tir­ing the same year.

In 2001, he was elected coun­cil­lor for Ward 19 and also Chair­man of Tsholot­sho RDC, posts that he held un­til the time of his death.

Cde Nde­bele is sur­vived by his wife Sithandazile Dube and 13 chil­dren. Mourn­ers are gath­ered at his home in Che­funye. — @win­nie_­masara has no clinic, all due to

Cde Alois Nde­bele

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