ZAPU Founder Laid To Rest
Nompumelelo Moyo Bulawayo, July 18 2012 - The late nationalist, trade Unionist, and veteran politician Aaron Mloyiswa Nkosi Dlomo Bayana Ndabambi was laid to rest on Tuesday at his Figtree home.
Addressing mourners, the Zapu President, Dumiso Dabengwa described Ndabambi as a great leader.
“Ndabambi was a fearless leader who worked with the late Father Zimbabwe Dr Joshua Nkomo as secretary and he was the President of Rhodesia African Workers Union. He worked tirelessly to free the blacks from white man’s oppression hence they formed Zapu and he asked Dr Nkomo to lead the party,” said Dabengwa.
He said Ndabambi, Cephas Msipa and Aaron Ndlovu backed them when they decided to cancel the 1997 Unity Accord because they also felt that the people of Zimbabwe were oppressed.
“At some time he wanted us to send him to confront Robert Mugabe on his poor leadership qualities that have turned Zimbabweans into destitutes. Ndabambi is an undisputable national hero,” he said.
He added that they were yet to consult government to declare Ndabambi a national hero.
“It is sad that this great man has passed on. He was brave and challenged white oppression where he succeeded in abolishing the colour bar and the master-servant act,” said Dr Dabengwa.
The son of the late Ndabambi, Patrick, told mourners that the family had lost a pillar.
A great friend to Ndabambi who died at 89, Aaron Ndlovu, described him as a good advisor who always wanted to see a united community that respected each other while
Clapperton Sidubi, who represented Figtree Councilor, described him as a gifted leader.
He said it was unfortunate that such a great leader had died a destitute.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Masuku, three children and several great grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was a former President of the powerful Railways workers union in federation of countries Botswana, Zambia Malawi and Zimbabwe. He convinced the company to train and
employ the first black train drivers and made black railway employees win the rent-to-buy houses, later on full ownership.
Dlomo was detained during the Ian Smith regime and suffered several other detentions together with other nationalist leaders at Khami Prison and Gonakudzingwa before he went into exile. He became the first black councilor winning elections in the exclusively white Kwekwe Town Council where a street in Amaveni Township was named after him.