The late MDC founding member Esaph Mdlongwa who is Oscar Oskido Mdlongwa’s father was laid to rest at the Luvele Cemetary in Bulawayo yesterday, The Sunday News reports. Mdlongwa succumbed to COVID-19 at Matar Dei Hospital in Bulawayo on Wednesday.
Thokozani Khupe and Nelson Chamisa attended the former MDC Luveve Constituency Legislator’s burial which was restricted to close family members only due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Sunday News gave a list of the MDC Executive he worked during his time in active politics:
Mdlongwa was elected as part of the first leadership of the opposition party in 1999- before its initial split in 2005- together with the late Mr Morgan Tsvangirai (president), the late Mr Gibson Sibanda (vice president), Professor Welshman Ncube (secretary general), Mr Gift Chimanikire (deputy secretary general), the late Mr Isaac Matongo (chairman), the late Mr Fletcher Dulini Ncube (treasurer general), Mrs Lucia Matibenga (women’s assembly), the late Learnmore Jongwe (spokesman) and Mr Nelson Chamisa (youth assembly). He is a former MP for Luveve.
Mdlongwa had retired from active politics but in 2018 during the presidential election campaign season, he made a surprise appearance at one of Nelson Chamisa’s Bulawayo rallies.
Politicians have described Mdlongwa as a kind man and a politician par excellent.
More: The Sunday News