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The fall of a gallant soldier: Sebastian Dube

Tsitsi Marange

There is a wise saying that, when a great leader falls the nation bleeds and mourns for the loss, however this is the same case for the late Gweru United Residents Association (GURA) Chairman Sebastian Dube who passionately fought for the community.
Mr Dube who is popularly known for his bravery while representing the concerns of residents against the much controversial local authority.
The chairman was laid to rest at Mhondoro, passed away last week at Avenues Private Hospital in Harare where he was being treated for prostate cancer.
Secretary-General of GURA, Mr Reward Mhuri described Dube as a strong willed and principled character who was selfless.
“Mr Dube was strong character and strong willed. He thought of other people instead of himself and that made him the chairman of GURA. He fought for the people of this community without fear or favour.
Everyone liked him because he had the time to listen to people’s concerns and that defined to be a great leader for his people in the community.
Mr Mhuri added that under the leadership of Dube, GURA faced many challenges in meeting the needs of all the 18 wards in the city which he used his own resources to help the community.
“Dube was an influential and dedicated man in our organisation since he used to donate his own funds for the wellbeing of GURA apart from
subscriptions. We sometimes used his house as an office for many years,” Mhuri added.
Dube was born on 14 November 1942, in Mhondoro where he did his primary at St Peters and secondary education at Mambo High.
Dube first worked for the Ministry of Roads before joining the Dairy Marketing Board as a clerk from 1975 to 2000.
From 2004 up to the time of his death, Dube was the Chairman of GURA. He did various courses including a six months accounting certificate at Silveira Mission in Bikita Masvingo.
Dube left with his wife, four children and eight grandchildren. May his soul rest in peace.

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