By Bulawayo Correspondent
FIREBRAND MDC activist and Cowdry Park councillor, Hapson Ncube died on Sunday after a long illness.
The MDC confirmed the death of the former Zimbabwe National Army serviceman who was in his early 30s.
“It is with utmost heartfelt condolences that we learnt of the passing on of Cllr Ncube. The entire MDC family and youth assemblies of this great movement are devastated indeed,” said MDC Bulawayo spokesperson, Felix Mafa.
“Regrettably, after winning councillorship, the dear leader never exercised his mandate because of illness from the onset.”
The former Tajamuka/Sesijikile activist was in 2013 incarcerated for 14 months for actively participating in MDC structures after quitting the army 2006. His resignation had been rejected on the grounds that no army member should leave.
Ncube was arrested on January 3 2013 and court-martialled on March 12 on charges of desertion and active participation in opposition politics.
The late activist was jailed under “D Class”, which is a category for dangerous criminals.
He did time in several prisons from Khami Maximum Prison, Masvingo, Hurungwe, Karoi and Beitbridge Prison.
The late MDC councillor later became a prominent figure during the 2016 citizen movement demonstrations that shook the State under then President Robert Mugabe.
He was also arrested for organising a demonstration against then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa for the now State leader’s alleged role in 1980s Gukurahundi atrocities in which 20 000 civilians died in the hands of the army, according to independent estimates.
Ncube was also arrested and charged for allegedly inciting violence by wearing a T-shirt which was written “Mugabe Must Go” during a Highlanders-Dynamos soccer match at Barbourfields Stadium last year.
Tajamuka leader Promise Mkhwananzi described the death of the activist as sad.
“Hapson is an example of a true democratic fighter who every young person must emulate,” he said.
“As for Tajamuka, we have already declared him a national hero.”