Esaph Mdlongwa father to house music legend Oskido has passed away. It is on a sad note that we report of the passing of the father of house music legend Oskido Esaph Mdlongwa. Esaph Mdlongwa was one of the the founding fathers of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party MDC. Mdlongwa passed away at 73 , at the time of his death he was admitted at a private hospital Mata Dei in Bulawayo.
His family members said the politician had been battling with diabetes for a very long time now and by the time of his admission he was suspected to have contracted covid-19.
MDC Alliance vice president Welshman Ncube Mdlongwa was once a trade unionist who later on to venture into politics as a result he became a father figure to many who are at in the opposition leadership positions.
Welshman said “He was firm, principled, compassionate, kind and trusting … He dedicated his entire life to the struggles of the working class, the poor and the downtrodden. The giant of a man, Esaph Mdlongwa, the consummate nationalist trade unionist cum politician who was a mentor and a father figure to those of us whom he took under his protective wing, departs this world when the country he loved so dearly is in great strife,”
The MDC Alliance in a statement said: “He was the party’s first organising secretary and is a former MP for Pumula-Luveve in Bulawayo. We are deeply saddened by this news and express our deepest condolences to his family.”
At the time of his death, Mdlongwa was no longer active in politics and was now guiding leaders from behind the scenes.
In his youth, like many young men in Southern Africa, Mdlongwa went to SA and worked in mines. There he met Oskido’s mother, the late Emily Molefi. When he came back to Zimbabwe he began working for the national railway company- which was a hotbed for the birth of the biggest opposition movement in Zimbabwe.