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Damba’s 25 years of democratic struggle has ended

He was in the iconic home of football, Rufaro Stadium on the official launch of a people’s democratic struggle, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 1999 which was led by the legendary, Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai.

He has left a lasting mark on this our motherland, Zimbabwe in the struggle for democracy. Some of people whom I still remember (still living) who were in the same bus to Rufaro are Innocent Gahadzikwa, Wilstaff Sitemere, Penemene, Jeffryson Chitando, Silas Mangono, Jobert Mudzumwe and Lucia Masekesa.

This marked Henry Damba’s democratic struggle journey which has unfortunately finally come to an end.

Damba held various political party posts in the struggle for just rule in Zimbabwe.

In 2000 he was elected into Masvingo Provincial Youth Executive. The Provincial Youth Executive was led by Robson Mashiri, Adini, Ndingwa, Victor Ruka and Sister Mabel. Rob Mashiri had taken over from Jeffryson Chitando who had been elected MDC Youth National Executive Secretary for Education at the Chitungwiza First Congress.

The Youth Assembly was led by CCC President Nelson Chamisa. It therefore means, Damba and the youth assembly were responsible for introducing and recruiting for the new party.

Damba was again reelected into Provincial Youth Executive which was then led by Kenias Chauke. He also served in Masvingo Provincial Youth Executive which was led by Oliver Chirume.

When age was no longer at peace for him to serve in the youth assembly he was elected into Chivi North Main Wing Executive.

Damba was arrested on numerous occasions for defending the democratic space in the country, which was shrinking everyday under the autocratic leadership of the late long time ruler, Robert Mugabe. He was a very active member of the National Constitutional Assembly which was fighting for a new people’s constitution. As we read the current New Constitution, we must remember Damba’s big role that he played.

At one time Damba and many were arrested and dumped into a bush by police for standing up against dictatorship in the country.

 William Mugunzva, Nyasha Muziri, Olivia Tobaiwa, Jeffryson Chitando and many were arrested, beaten and later dumped in a bush near Bora. A good Samaritan helped them back into Harare. Many were severely wounded. Damba was one of those who survived this brutal beating.

We are proud that we gave him a befitting sendoff as a fighter for equality in society.

Rest in power friend in struggle and hero of the people.

By Jeffryson Chitando

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