sithole edson.jpgToday (Friday) marks the 35th anniversary of the disappearance of the late national hero, Cde Edson Sithole.

Cde Sithole was among the first nationalists to be charged and detained under the racist Law and Order Maintenance Act.

He was the first black person to obtain a Doctor of Laws degree in Southern and Central Africa.

In 1963 Dr Sithole successfully challenged the Rhodesian judiciary system to accept him as an advocate in its court. 

He was among nationalists who signed the Sikhombela Declaration in 1963 which authorized the late Cde Herbert Chitepo to go to Zambia to prepare for the launch of the armed struggle.

Cde Sithole was detained for 12 years at several prisons which included Khami, Marandellas, Selukwe, Kwekwe, and Harare Central Prison.

On 15 October 1975, 40 year old Dr Sithole and his secretary Miriam Mhlanga, were kidnapped by Rhodesian special branch agents outside a Harare hotel, leading to their disappearance to this day.