By Nqobile Tshili and Bongani Ndlovu

Scores of people who included journalists from different media houses attended the burial of veteran journalist and former Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) president Dumisani Sibanda (44) at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo.

The late Dumisani Sibanda
The late Dumisani Sibanda

Mourners described him as a humble man whose works promoted unity in the country. Sibanda worked for Sunday News as its Political Editor before joining the Chronicle where he also became a Political Editor.

He thereafter moved to NewsDay Southern Edition as Bulawayo Bureau Chief and was later appointed the Zimbabwe Mail Bulawayo Bureau Chief.

He succumbed to stroke. The funeral service started at the family house in Lobengula Extension where speaker after speaker spoke glowingly about Sibanda’s good works as a journalist and a trade unionist.

Politicians, civil society representatives, academics and businesspeople were among the hundreds that paid their last respects to Sibanda.

Sibanda, the first and only Zuj president from the southern region, was born in Bulawayo on August 31, 1972 and attended Mtshede Primary in Njube suburb from 1978 to 1985.

Warmly known to his colleagues as Sobohla, he then attended Cyrene Boys High School from Form 1 to Upper Six from 1986 to 1991 before enrolling at the Harare Polytechnic College where he studied journalism.

He is survived by a son. Source: The Chronicle