VP Mphoko con­soles Nde­bele fam­ily

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Reporter

ACT­ING Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko last night vis­ited the fam­ily of the late for­mer Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Cde Cyril Enock Nde­bele, in Woodville sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo to con­sole them.

The vet­eran politi­cian, who died at the age of 83, was the chair­per­son of the Na­tional Peace and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment in Fe­bru­ary this year.

He died on Fri­day in Harare af­ter be­ing air­lifted by the Min­istry of De­fence from Bu­l­awayo’s Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal where he had been ad­mit­ted for an undis­closed ail­ment

He will be buried on Wed­nes­day at Den­ver Farm on the out­skirts of Bu­l­awayo.

The Act­ing Pres­i­dent de­scribed Cde Nde­bele as a ded­i­cated cadre and lawyer who helped sev­eral nationalists by ren­der­ing le­gal ser­vices.

“The na­tion has been robbed of a true cadre. I knew him since the times of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle when he rep­re­sented sev­eral nationalists who were be­ing tried un­der the Rhode­sian colo­nial gov­ern­ment. We also worked to­gether when he was ap­pointed the chair­per­son of the Peace and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion as he pas­sion­ately worked to­wards en­sur­ing peace in the coun­try,” he said.

Cde Nde­bele was ac­corded a state fu­neral and the Gov­ern­ment has given his fam­ily $10 000.

A for­mer Speaker be­tween 1995 and 2000, Cde Nde­bele is un­der­stood to have been hos­pi­talised at the Ro­man Catholic Church-run hos­pi­tal on Tues­day, but had to be air­lifted when his con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated.

He joined the African Na­tional Congress in South Africa in 1960 while a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Na­tal. He earned a law de­gree from Queens Univer­sity, Belfast, in 1970.

He be­came Zapu chair­per­son in 1970 af­ter re­turn­ing to the coun­try. He was a mem­ber of the le­gal team of the Pa­tri­otic Front in the Geneva, Malta and Lan­caster House con­fer­ences, lead­ing to the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence in 1980.

Af­ter in­de­pen­dence, he was a coun­cil­lor in Bu­l­awayo and af­ter the Unity Ac­cord was signed in 1987, he be­came an MP in 1990. As a law maker, he was the chair­per­son of the Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee and the Par­lia­men­tary Le­gal Com­mit­tee.

Af­ter he be­came the Speaker of Par­lia­ment in 1995, he cre­ated the Par­lia­men­tary Re­form Com­mit­tee, paving way for far reach­ing changes to the Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly.

Mourn­ers are gath­ered at his Bu­l­awayo res­i­dence at Plot 7B in Woodville sub­urb. — @mash­nets

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