Family, friends and relatives of the late Cde Robert Ngulube gathered at his rural home in Ngoma Gwanda South constituency to bid farewell to a man many described as a gallant son of the soil, humble and hardworking cadre.

The Minister of State for Matabeleland South Province Cde Abednico Ncube paid tribute to Cde Ngulube for dedicating his life to the betterment of his country, adding that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is committed to fulfilling the objectives of the struggle which include improving the people’s standard of living.

“Currently our President has been going all over the world to lure investment into the country. Let us support him by working hard in our respective areas so that we can build a prosperous Zimbabwe that was envisioned by Cde Ngulube,” he said.

Zanu PF provincial political commissar Cde Japhet Dube said the party has been robbed of a principled and consistent cadre who worked tirelessly for the attainment of political freedom and development of the country, while veterans of the liberation struggle said Cde Ngulube’s wise counsel will be greatly missed.

“We are saddened by the departure of Cde Ngulube, as a party we will make sure that all the welfare of our of war veterans is improved,” he said.

Ex-detainees representative Cde Sandros Moyo said; “The departure of Cde Ngulube if put to a scale of 100 percent, we as an organisation we have lost 45 percent of the whole organisation because he was a pillar of the party from as far back as the 1960s up to date”. 

Daughter to the late Cde Ngulube, Sithabile Ngulube-Thabo said the death of her father has dealt a major blow to the family as he was a pillar of strength and unifier.

“Our father was looking after his many grandchildren as a well as orphans in the community. It will now be a big challenge to take care of these young children that he dearly loved and was concerned about,” said the daughter.

Cde Ngulube was born in Ngoma Gwanda South in 1943.

He did his primary education at Shanyaugwe School.

He experienced the brutality of the Ian Smith regime in 1975 when he was first arrested and detained at Colleen Bawn Prisons.

Cde Ngulube was to be later transferred to Bulawayo Khami, then Grey before he was moved Hwahwa Prison in Gweru and finally to Konmara before being released in 1978.

After the liberation struggle, Cde Ngulube who was also a kraal-head partook in many community development projects in his area.

He is survived by wife Laganane, five children and 29 grandchildren.