16 May 2020
The ZANU PF Acting Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Tendai Chirau, the ZANU PF Youth League National Executive, the entirety of ZANU PF Youth League membership from the Cell, Branch, District up to the Provincial structures, join the President and First Secretary of ZANU PF, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde E. D Mnangagwa, the whole of the ZANU PF Party, the revolutionary people of Zimbabwe and the Sikhosana family in mourning the loss of a selfless servant leader who had devoted his entire life in service to the nation.
It is with great shock and sadness that we received the news of the untimely passing on of one of our revolutionary Party’s longest-serving and most consistent cadres, Cde Absalom Sikhosana. We do therefore, with heavy hearts, convey and extend our sincerest condolences to all those who worked with, and those who, like us, have had the privilege of benefiting from being in contact with him throughout his illustrious career.
Even in our sorrow, we celebrate the life and times of Cde Sikhosana, who had risen to become a ZANU PF Politburo member, as a lifetime of milestones in the ideological education of the youth. Affectionately known by many as “Cde Nkosi” or “Headmaster”, Cde Sikhosana came to represent the energetic, vibrant, never-say-die spirit of the revolution which to his credit, came to characterize the ZANU PF Youth League.
As a leader of young cadres, he had grown in stature to become a chaperone to many generations, such that his name will forever remain etched on the collective memory of both young and old alike.
We sorely grieve over our cruel loss of a down to earth doyen of vanguard revolutionary politics, a humble virtuoso who knew how to get the best out of the Youth League and the nation’s young people.
Indeed, the virtues of friendliness, patience, loyalty, hard work and honesty are some of the most enduring legacy values he bequeaths to the ZANU PF Youth League and to the nation at large.
Our generation has surely been fortunate to have the “Headmaster” as a mentor.
We join hearts with the entire nation in mourning a true embodiment of servant leadership, who was steadfast in his conviction that the people’s revolution is always larger, more significant and more fulfilling than personal, individualistic victories, and that the overarching national dream of true freedom under ZANU PF remains dependent on disciplined youth imbued with an ethos of serving the nation.
As we inexorably march towards achieving President E. D Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030, and as we continue in the fight against adversities such as those posed by illegal sanctions and lately, the COVID-19 scourge, all the ZANU PF Youth League members across Zimbabwe remain emboldened by the indelible imprint left by our affable, indefatigable chaperone and lodestone on our understanding of the role of youth in national defence and development.
For us, Cde “Nkosi” Absolom “Headmaster” Sikhosana’s status needs no overstatement. He holds in our conjoint revolutionary spirit, the highest honor. He is, and shall always be remembered as, a National Hero for whom we wish eternal peace as he rests.
Go Well our Chaperone,
Inserted by: Cde Yeukai Simbanegavi
ZANU PF Youth League
Secretary For Information and Publicity