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Zapu ready to assist Ndebele burial

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Zapu stands ready to assist in the burial of former Zipra cadre and prominent Bulawayo businessman, Evans Ndebele, who died of kidney complications in South Africa on Saturday, party spokesperson Methuseli Moyo said yesterday.

Ndebele, the owner of the defunct Zimbabwe Express Airlines, will be buried at his family farm in Gweru on Friday.

“He was a good and very generous man who used his personal resources in party programmes. We urge party supporters to go and join the Ndebele family on the death of Evans,” said Moyo.

Evans (52) was son of the former Speaker of Parliament Cyril Ndebele.

Ndebele served as chairman of Zapu’s resource mobilisation committee, but was removed just before his suspension from the party in 2009.

In December 2009, Ndebele was suspended together with five other senior Zapu members for allegedly flouting party regulations. He was suspended together with Retired Colonel Ray Ncube, Smile Dube, former Bulawayo councillor Alderman Charles Mpofu, Nhlanhla Ncube and Charles Makhuya.

They were also charged with making press statements that were deemed to be in contempt of the party leadership.

Ndebele reportedly died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday after a dialysis session when he started experiencing breathing problems.

Family spokesperson, Wesley, yesterday said Ndebele’s body was expected to leave South Africa on Wednesday.

“We have managed to find a funeral parlour in South Africa. They will facilitate that his remains be flown to Harare and then we will look for a connecting flight to Bulawayo because he has friends there who want to pay their last respects.

“On Thursday at 11am, a church service will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Selbourne Park church in Bulawayo after which the body will be ferried to Lot 62 Umsungwe Block in Gweru for burial the following morning.”

Wesley said the family was shocked at Ndebele’s sudden death as he had gone to South Africa to try and resuscitate his airline business.

He said his brother was also involved in a massive horticulture project at his farm, “that saw him supplying virtually the whole of Gweru with cabbages”.
Mourners are gathered at Lot 62 Umsungwe Block in Gweru.

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