Sithole’s wife dies

The widow of Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, the late Zanu Ndonga leader, has died.

Vesta Sithole passed away in Maryland in the United States, after a long battle with liver cancer. She was 70.

She joined Joshua Nkomo’s ZAPU in the 1960s and left Zimbabwe, for what was then Tanganyika, at the age of 19 to join the armed struggle. In 1963 she joined Ndabaningi Sithole’s ZANU, when it split from ZAPU. It wasn’t until 1980 that she married Ndabaningi.

Mrs. Sithole was the author of the book: My Life With An Unsung Hero – Memoirs of a Zimbabwean Woman Freedom Fighter. In it she said she hoped to clarify what had happened in the ‘well orchestrated’ moves by ZANU PF to strip her husband of his political and financial status. She referred to one case where Rev Sithole returned from exile in the United States in 1992, only to have his Chulu Farm confiscated by the Mugabe regime.

The MDC issued a statement Monday ‘demanding’ that Vesta Sithole be declared a national hero, for her significant contribution to the liberation of Zimbabwe. SW Radio Africa

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