This is a statement from the MDC
Scores of people yesterday converged at the Entumbane Roman Catholic Parish in Bulawayo to bid farewell to the late Entumbane-Makhandeni MP, Hon Cornelius Dube, who died on 15 August 2009.
Hon Dube died at Mater Dei Hospital after being diagnosed with respiratory complications. He was laid to rest at the Lady Stanely Cemetary in Bulawayo.
In his keynote address at the parish, MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai described the late Dube as a selfless, dedicated and principled cadre whose contribution to the MDC and Zimbabwe was remarkable. He said the MDC had endured trials and tribulations and without principled and focused men and women like Dube, the MDC would not be where it is today.
“We are in shock of losing a cadre like Cornelius Dube, who resisted to play tribal politics and remained principled and dedicated to why the Movement for Democratic Change was formed. The MDC was formed to give hope to Zimbabwe, to transcend ethnic, tribal and racial differences that had divided the nation”.
The President said he was certain these were the same principles Hon. Dube stuck to until his death.
“We have faced so much trauma as a party it required people of courage to say what the MDC stood for and remain committed to this vision. We share the loss with the Dube and Ncube families, but l would like to thank them for giving us Cornelius Dube to represent the people of Entumbane-Makhandeni”.
President Tsvangirai said there was still hope for the people of Zimbabwe and likened the inclusive government to a half donkey-half horse, a situation he said requiresd people of principle and dedication.
Also present at the burial was the MDC Vice President, Hon Thokozani Khupe, who said Hon Dube was a dedicated cadre who took his national and party assignments with dedication and humility.
The MDC National Chairman, Hon Lovemore Moyo said the decrease of the MDC numbers in Parliament due to continuous arrests was affecting the party. He said the sudden loss of MP Dube was a painful experience which came against a sad background of continued persecution of the MDC leadership, MPs and members.
“There are others who are not happy with the progress that the MDC is making.
Dube’s death comes at a time when Parliament is trying to implement policies that will work for all the people of Zimbabwe and not just political parties. We are saddened by the death of a devoted contributor and statesman,” Hon Moyo, who is also the Speaker of Parliament.
The Mayor of Bulawayo Cllr. T.P. Moyo said the country had lost a dedicated and competent engineer. He talked of how the MP had contributed to Council Chambers when he was a Councillor for Ward 11 where he had proved to be a man of great ideas.
“He was a good leader. We have lost an Engineer, but we have gained through his contributions and it is therefore our duty to nurture his ideas, thoughts and vision,” said Cllr. Moyo
Also present were, National Women’s Assembly Chairperson Hon Theresa Makone, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Hon Gorden Moyo, the National Youth Chairman Hon Thamsanqa Mahlangu , Provincial Leaders, MPs, Senators and Councillors.
Hon Dube was born on 19 August 1963. He lives behind his wife Fidelia Ntombiyekhaya and four children, a girl and three boys.