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THE late Zanu-PF central committee member, Cde Lloyd Kotsho Dube who died who died in his sleep at his house on Monday morning is being laid to rest at National Hero’s Acre.

10:48 The hearse has arrived here at the national shrine and President Robert Mugabe is expected to arrive anytime from now.

10:52 President Robert Mugabe and First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe have arrived at National Hero’s Acre.

11:04 Home Affairs Minister, Cde Kembo Mohadi invites the Minister of Religion to read the bible.

11:15 Dube family representative addressing mourners. He thanks the government for according the late ‘KD’ hero’s status. ‘This day is not meant for mourning. We are here to celebrate the life of a Hero. He describes the late Dube as a principled man whose life inspired many and says they all looked up to him for inspiration.

11:32 Cde Mohadi pays tribute to the late Cde Dube. He says it was with great shock that he learned of his death. ‘I remember very well last week, we were together at a Provincial Coordinating Committee meeting. He even donated a beast towards the hosting of the congress. We all thought we will be with him at the congress.’

11:35 Cde Mohadi invites President Mugabe to the podium. ‘I know you know him more than I do,’ he says to the President.

11:40 ‘We have lost a freedom fighter of a good and long standing. He dedicated his whole life to the struggle. Kotsho Lloyd Dube is no more. We are told he died in his sleep. He had been quiet active as Cde Mohadi tells us.’ – President Mugabe. He expresses his condolences to the Dube family.

11:45 A little bit of some historical facts here by the President. He chronicles how the Ndebele Kingdom was besieged by the colonial forces as they fought Ndebeles to wrestle the country from our control.

11:47 The Ndebele Kingdom and King Lobengula was viewed as a last obstacle to turning the whole country into a British colony. They made our country a company. When the missionaries came, they were with us. They had laboured for years and years but without much success in converting the people. 1893 became the fateful year in which the Ndebele Kingdom became under attack. – President Mugabe.

11:50 In 1893 there was Chimurenga and they (Ndebeles) called it Umvukela. We cannot forget the heroic stand of resistance in Shangani. The whole unit of whites led by Allan Wilson perished. We understand only one escaped. But eventually, the Ndebele Kingdom was overthrown hence the country became under effective occupation. This also meant Cde Dube home area too. – President Mugabe.

12:00 We worked with Kotsho. Even when he had retired, we called him back. We told him you do not have to retire when you still have energy. He respected our request and came back. Although Kotsho Dube was highly educated he was humble. He served representing the government in various countries and other international institutions. We sent him to Zambia, Nigeria, Spain among other countries.

12:03 Cde Dube played a crucial role after independence, particularly the integration of structures using his vast knowledge.

12:05 President Mugabe has described the late Dube as a man of integrity and honour. He adds, after tensions between Zanu PF and PF Zapu, they had to find a way of working together. ‘We could not continue fighting because what we wanted was our country and we had got it.’

12:08 He also urged the nation to learn from Cde Kotsho Dube’s impeccable record of dedication and devotion to the country’s cause. ‘Peace must be allowed to grow roots in the country.’

12:10 He also thanked Cde Dube for the contribution he made to build the nation.

12:12 President Mugabe has finished his address and says ‘HAMBA KAHLE QHAWE LAMAQHAWE.’

12:20 Music interlude as President Mugabe leads the people to the grave where Cde Dube will be interred.

12:29 Chairman of War Veterans Association, Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa has described Cde Dube as a role model for the young people and says as war veterans, they have lost a colleague and a fighter.

12:37 Cde Dube’s coffin has arrived at his final resting place and is being lowered into the grave.

12:45 President Mugabe hands over the Zimbabwe Flag to the Dube family before laying flowers on Cde Dube’s grave. First Lady Amai Mugabe and service chiefs have also laid wreath on the grave.

13:06 Zanu PF supporters are on their feet here at National Heroes Acre. They are dancing celebrating Cde Kotsho Dube’s life, a life well lived and dedicated to the struggle of liberating the country. Also dancing are members of Mbare Chimurenga choir.

13:10 Director of Ceremony, Cde Kembo Mohadi asks the mourners to stand for the National Anthem.

13:11 NATIONAL ANTHEM

13:13 President Mugabe leaves the national shrine.

Dube was born on June 25, 1935 in Malindi Village, Matobo District.

In 1945 to 1951 he attended Zamanyoni Primary School up to Standard Six before proceeding to Mzingwane Secondary School for Standard Six.

From 1955 to 1956 he joined the Joint Matriculation Board for Universities of South Africa and Thekwani Secondary School.

Between 1961 and 1963, he was an Articled Law Clerk at Coghlan, Welsh and Guest Attorneys.

He worked at the then Bank of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1963 to 1965.

From 1965 to 1972, Cde Dube represented PF Zapu at the United Nations and South America with operations based in New York.

Later his mandate was extended to cover United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and Western Europe with offices in London.

He was tasked with promoting Zimbabwe’s struggle, lobby and secure pro-freedom policy assets from governments, trade unions, students and the general public in countries of assignments.

In 1979, Dube moved to Lusaka, Zambia where he became the director of Information and Editor-in-Chief of PF Zapu publications.

He was a member of PF Zapu delegation to the Lancaster House Conference on Decolonisation of Zimbabwe from 1979 to 1980.

At Independence up to 1990, Cde Dube was a member of the national executive of PF Zapu and held the positions of secretary for publicity, secretary for education and national director of elections for PF Zapu in 1985.

Between 1988 and 1990, he was a member of the national integration committee tasked to implement the Unity Accord between Zanu-PF and PF Zapu.

In 1989 working as deputy secretary for administration, Cde Dube saw the ascension of the late First Lady Amai Sally Mugabe to the helm of the Women’s League.

In October 1990, he did a diplomatic course before an ambassadorial posting to France.

From 1990 to 1996, Cde Dube was ambassador extra-ordinary and plenipotentiary of Zimbabwe to France, Spain, Portugal, the Vatican and UNESCO.

In 1997 to 2000, he was a member of board of directors for the Zimbabwe Investment Centre and vice chairman of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

From 2002 to 2004 he was appointed ambassador to Nigeria before moving to Zambia in the same post from 2004 to 2006.

In 2012 to 2013 he was appointed chairman of the NRZ board of directors.

Dube is survived by wife, Agatha, three children and three grandchildren.

Source : The Herald

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