The late Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo
The late national hero Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo will be buried on Monday at the National Heroes Acre.
This was revealed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa when he visited the Moyo family home in Bulawayo this Wednesday to convey his condolences.
After officially commissioning a housing project in Beitbridge and assessing the ongoing refurbishments at the Border Post, President Emmerson Mnangagwa travelled to Bulawayo to mourn with the Moyo family.
While addressing mourners gathered at the late national hero’s home in Hillside, President Mnangagwa expressed gratitude to the Moyo family for accepting his request to have the late Cde Khaya Moyo buried on Monday when he is back from Zambia to meet the two Presidents of Zambia and Botswana.
“I am here because this man has been my friend for ages. It was on early Sunday that l got a telephone call from the VP telling me that SK was no more.
We met from 1979 during the Lancaster house talks when l was adviser to the late President Robert Mugabe and he was special assistance to the late Dr Joshua Nkomo.
The Presidents would consult each other and as assistants we would consult each other, that is how we became very close friends,” said President Mnangagwa.
He added: “I do not think he knows any work other than working for his country and working for his people.
After independence we both came home and he worked in the government as a civil servant and rose to be in the central government.
When the second republic came, l will say this, here in Bulawayo you caused a lot for me. After the 19th youth interface, the President told me that he would demote me.
I did not do anything wrong for the late President, it was Grace. So, it was on a Saturday and Monday l was fired. When l came back l appointed the late Cde Moyo in the Politburo as the Secretary for Information.”
Family spokesperson, Isaac Moyo thanked the President and government for supporting the family during this difficult time.
“We want to offer our profound gratitude for conferring our late brother, husband, and uncle the national hero’s status. We really appreciate the honouring of his life works and contribution to the country. We really appreciate that you have taken time to see us and come and mourn with us. We really appreciate this for making this whole burden lighter.”
Meanwhile, a memorial service will be held for the late national hero at his rural home.