The energy labour movement has been dealt a punitive blow by the tragic and untimely passing of Comrade Lloyd Ndaba, Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union (ZEWU) organising secretary, on 15 April 2015.
Cde Ndaba a seasoned labour unionist joined Zewu on 1 January 2014 and 14 months later he hardly bids farewell to friends, family and workmates.
He was involved in an accident en route to Masvingo for the Zewu National Youth Training workshop after hitting a dog and lost control of the vehicle they were traveling in with five others who included ZEWU General Secretary Cde Chikuni, Youth Chairperson Cde Christian Ranji, Cde Maworera and Cde Ngwenya.
The car veered off the road into an underbrush where Cde Ndaba grazed through overgrown bougainvillea bushes, narrowly missing a tree and a thick metal pole jutting out of the ground.
Approximately 200 metres later the car bumped onto a ditch and flew 30 metres during which it spinned three times according to vendors who witnessed the fortuitous experience. The car landed on its back and rolled over to stop perfectly.
All people aboard were hurt though Cde Ndanga and Cde Ngwenya’s injuries were severe. They were rushed to Chivhu Hospital where they were attended to, however Mr Ndaba and Ngwenya, were rushed to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare due to their state.
Three days later Mr Lloyd Ndaba passed away …. He had sustained serious spinal injuries.
Mr Ndaba will forever be remembered for his heroic leadership on the labour movement front since his days in the Zimbabwe Leather Shoe & Allied Workers Union.
Before coming to ZEWU Mr Ndaba was the president of Zimbabwe Leather Shoe & Allied Workers Union.
During his time Lloyd masterminded massive job actions that brought results.
He was buried in Zvishavane in the presence of family, friends and workmates from from across Zimbabwe.
He is survived by wife and three children, two boys and a girl