Photo of Josiah Gumede as President shown wearing the M.B.E. and the Grandmaster
of the Legion of Merit (G.M.L.M.) which was worn only while holding the office of
Born at Bembezi in 1919, Mr Gumede was educated at David Livingstone Primary School
in the Ntabazinduna TTL and later at the Lovedale Missionary Institution in the Cape
Province where he qualified as a teacher. He taught at schools throughout this country
becoming both a headmaster and general secretary of the Rhodesia Teachers' Association.
At the end of 1959 he was appointed assistant information and education attaché in
London by the Federal Government and later went to Nairobi as first secretary responsible
for East and Central Africa.
In 1963, on the Federation's break-up, Mr Gumede returned to London as first secretary
in the Rhodesian Government's Ministry of External Affairs and the following year
he was awarded the MBE. He resigned from his position when UDI was declared, joining
the British Ministry of Housing and Local Government, but returned to this country
in 1967 to become a township superintendent in Bulawayo, which position he retained
until his election as first President of Zimbabwe Rhodesia in May.
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