One of the MDC founders and a veteran of the opposition movement in Zimbabwe, Fletcher Dulini Ncube, has died.
Dulini Ncube (71) died at Mater Dei Hospital yesterday after a long battle with diabetes. At the time of his death, the former Lobengula-Magwegwe MP was the chairperson of the Welshman Ncube-led MDC’s council of elders.
MDC spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube confirmed Dulini Ncube’s death saying it came as a shock.
“We are saddened by the loss of one of our party’s pillars,” he said. “He went through a lot politically to the extent of facing treason charges.
“At this juncture it is a moment of darkness for the party. You will appreciate that Dulini Ncube was the chairman of the council of elders and played a leading role in the formation and leadership of the MDC.”
In 2002, Dulini Ncube was arrested together with six other MDC-T activists on false charges that they killed war veterans leader Cain Nkala.
The three were acquitted by the High Court following a full trial, but the incarceration had taken its toll on Dulini Ncube’s health.
At the time of his release he had partially lost sight.
He was an accomplished politician who held the post of treasurer-general during the formative years of the united MDC. Dulini Ncube stuck with Ncube and Gibson Sibanda when the MDC split in 2005.
Mourners are gathered at number 7 Oxford Road, Hillside, Bulawayo.