TRIBUTES have been paid to Zimbabwean politician John Nyamande, following his recent death in a car crash, from those who knew him when he lived and worked in Thurrock.
John lived in Chafford Hundred for three years, teaching at the Warren Primary ,as well as retaining close links with the Labour Party.
Whilst in Thurrock, he continued his political activism against the regime of Robert Mugabe.
Deputy Leader Val Morris-Cook said: “John was such a lovely man, a real gentleman. He loved his country and was so passionate for it to return to democracy.
The 57 year-old Nyamande is believed to have been killed instantly when his car collided with a stationary broken down truck, that was partially parked off the Harare-Marondera highway.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai expressed his deep shock over the death of Nyamande, calling it ‘an irreparable loss’ for the party and the country.
The late Nyamande is regarded as ‘political hero’ by many MDC activists for his bold decision to return home at the height of political violence and stand as an MP.
A memorial was held in Hornchurch today.