By: Madison Huffman
The life of Josiah Zion Gumede
Josiah Zion Gumede, born 19 September 1919 was the only president of the self-proclaimed, and internationally unrecognized, state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia during 1979. Gumede was born in Bembesi, in the Bubi District of Southern Rhodesia. After being educated at the David Livingstone Memorial Mission and Matopo Mission, he went on to teach at multiple mission and government schools and even as a headmaster. In addition, he was the assistant information and education attache for the Government of Rhodesia and Nyasaland at Rhodesia House in London during the early 60's. He later went on to join the Ministry of External Affairs from 1963-1965. To add to his list of accomplishments, Gumede was a general secretary for the African Teachers' Association of Rhodesia; a director of the Tribal Trust Land Development Corporation; and a board member of the National Free Library of Rhodesia. He was also an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church of South Africa. He died March 28, 1989 and is succeeded by four children.
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