By Leopold Munhende
SOME 200 friends and relatives converged at Harare’s Celebration Centre Friday in a memorial service held for late Build Zimbabwe Alliance (BZA) deputy president William Pilbrough.
Pilbrough, deputy to BZA leader Noah Manyika, died on April 4 this year.
During the ceremony, friends and family gave moving eulogies of the late politician at an event that was also attended by Manyika and top businessman Nigel Chanakira, among many others.
“William was a very amazing man and the wonderful thing about people like that is that you may know them for a very short period of time but they will always leave a mark.
“We have suffered tremendous loss but at the same time we will make the best out of the example that he set,” said the US based Manyika.
He added, “There are not too many people who are brave enough to walk across the room and extending a hand to someone who is different and unfortunately we have such a polarised environment in Zimbabwe.”
Plibrough, born 23 June 1972 in Chinhoyi, became famous after he successfully challenged in court, then registrar general Tobaiwa Mudede who had revoked his citizenship.
In family tributes read by his elder brother Steve, wife Barbra paid homage to the couple’s 19 years of marriage and the love they shared.
“Thank you for 19 wonderful years together; thank you for taking us and loving us, providing for us and believing in us,” said an emotional Steve.
After some 16 years working in the UK, South Africa and China, Pilbrough returned home in October 2017 and served as BZA’s deputy president from February to September 2018.
He is survived by wife Barbra and two daughters Chloe and Hannah.