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Kimberly Mutandiro, GroundUp
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27 Sep 2019
1:11 pm

100-year-old man dies two months after getting his first house

Kimberly Mutandiro, GroundUp

'Living in our new home without him will never be the same,' said the man's wife.

Dipabalo Boy Mohedu and his wife Johanna Nsibande were given their first house two months ago. Sadly Mohedu died last week. Photo: Kimberly Mutandiro.

Following GroundUp’s report on the couple’s plight in April, directors of Afribiz Investment in partnership with the Collen Mashabana Foundation built the couple a house in Mackenzieville, Nigel.

The couple had been on a housing database for 22 years while living in a small shack without electricity. They moved into their new home on 18 July. Exactly two months later, on 18 September, Mohedu died.

“My husband who sometimes suffered memory loss, always asked me where we were. I would tell him that this is our new home. He would shake his head in disbelief and ask to go home to our old shack,” she says.

Nsibande also looks after two orphaned children aged 13 and ten.

“When living in a shack we dreamt of having a real house, a toilet, water and electricity. It was easier for me to look after my husband [in the new house],” says Nsibande. But she also says: “Living in our new home without him will never be the same.”

Mohedu will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Republished from GroundUp