Khaya Moyo declared national hero

Khaya Moyo declared national hero

Former cabinet minister and Zanu PF politburo member Simon Khaya Moyo has been declared a national hero.

Khaya Moyo (76) succumbed to cancer on Sunday at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo where he was admitted.

Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu announced the national hero status to the veteran nationalist’s family on Monday morning at their residence in Hillside suburb, Bulawayo.

He said the ruling party unanimously agreed that Khaya Moyo’ s contributions in liberating Zimbabwe befit a national hero.

He will be buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare at a date yet to be announced.

Zanu PF chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, who is also Defence minister, said the party unanimously declared Moyo a national hero.

“Indeed and without any shadow of doubt, the unanimity in the declarations of national hero status among the entirety of the leadership and stakeholders attests to the late hero’s proven work, patriotism and gallant exploits in defending the people’s revolution.  The nation is indebted to his unwavering life of service to our people and nation at large as illustrated in his book titled Service to My Country,” she said in a statement yesterday.

Moyo was the late Vice-President and Zapu stalwart Joshua Nkomo’s right handman during the liberation struggle.

Meanwhile, in its condolence message, opposition party Zapu said Moyo’s sterling contribution to the liberation struggle must not be downplayed.

Hanana added that after independence, as a member of the Zapu central committee, Moyo was part of the people that were victimised by the Zanu government at the height of the Gukurahundi atrocities.

“He was unjustly imprisoned like many other Zapu members and leaders. He served as secretary for various Government departments up to 1987. He served in various government portfolios during our tempestuous and abusive tenure in the Unity Accord,” said Hanana.

“Having joined the liberation struggle, Moyo sacrificed the prime of his life to the cause of Zimbabwe. We shall remember him as the Personal Assistant to our founding president, Joshua Nkomo. He travelled the world with him and most significant travels include attending Geneva, Malta and Lancaster House Conferences,” said Zapu acting national spokesperson, Mthulisi Hanana.

He said while they were disappointed by his decision to remain in Zanu PF, his death must be a moment of reflection for the former Zapu members who have remained in Zanu PF.

“They must ponder over whether or not this is what they went to the war for and whether in death they want to be remembered as those who perpetuated Zanu misrule.”

“We shall also undoubtedly remember him as part of the people that remained in Zanu PF when Zapu pulled out,” Hanana said.

“Though we were, and still are disappointed by his decision and that of many others, we respect his democratic right of defecting from Zapu by default to join Zanu PF. We regret that he stayed on when it was obvious that Zanu PF was failing to serve the interests of our people. His death must be a moment of reflection for many who were once Zapu but are now Zanu PF. They must ponder over whether or not this is what they went to war for, and whether in death they want to be remembered as those who perpetuated Zanu PF misrule or not.”