President Emmerson Mnangagwa has led tributes following the death of former Minister of Home Affairs and ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa (79), who died in Kenya on his way from India for treatment.
“I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Comrade Dumiso Dabengwa. I had huge respect for Dumiso and his contribution to Zimbabwe: As a liberation fighter, a long standing Minister of Home Affairs and as a man. My deepest condolences are with his friends and family at this sad time,” said President Mnangagwa on his Tweeter handle.
Dabengwa had been in South Africa undergoing treatment of a suspected liver related disease since 2018 before he was flown to India recently.
David Coltart, of the MDC Alliance said: “Iam sad to read about that Dumiso Dabengwa has died. Although we were on different sides in the war and on different sides when I first stood fofr Parliament, we became good friends and he be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy in extended to his family.”
The European Union mission to Zimbabwe also weighed in: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa, who will be remembered for his contributions to Zimbabwe both before and after Independence. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace!”