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 Gilbert Sibanda

Terrence Ndowora

Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (Zimcet) Masvingo provincial representative Gilbert Sibanda, who died recently at his home in Rujeko C, will be buried tomorrow, April 08, at his rural home in Macala Village under Chief Mazetese in Mwenezi district.

A human rights defender who was involved in many advocacy issues in the province, Sibanda was diabetic and had been on treatment for a long time.

His first born, Gallat Sibanda told TellZim that the family was devastated by his sudden death which they never saw coming.

“He started showing symptoms of illness on 16 March but we did not know it would end this way. He was always full of life and he loved his work representing the needs of people in various spaces,” said Gallat.

He said his father had worked with civic groups promoting human rights for over 20 years, a period in which he gained respectability as a selfless representative.

Sibanda, who is survived by his wife Nyaradzo Madzoro and six children, died in the early hours of April 08 after suffering a shortness of breath.

He was also a poet who worked with such fellow rights activists as Shilla Chisirimunhu of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz).

“Go well my brother, we shall continue your great works in civic education, community transformation and engagement! Rest our poet, rest in peace,” Zimcet leader Collen Chibango wrote on Facebook.

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